Spreading the culture of kindness at the workplace

One for the album: Khor (centre) with (front row, from left) R.AGE deputy executive editor and producer Ian Yee, Cheang, Nik Qistina, Lisa, SP Setia Bhd deputy president and chief operating officer Datuk Wong Tuck Wai, Star Media Group chief revenue officer Lydia Wang and SP Setia employees at the company’s headquarters in Setia Alam.

SHAH ALAM: Kindness begins at home and SP Setia Bhd is doing just that to reinforce the culture of kindness at its workplace.

As part of a mission to create a kinder Malaysia through the #StandTogether campaign, SP Setia organised a #StandTogether Tea Talk for its employees, Team Setia.

“When we talk about anti-bullying, getting our campaign ambassadors to visit schools is impactful. But we also feel that SP Setia, as one of the initiators, should do its part.

“What better way than to impart the kindness message to our staff so that they will be able to influence the people in their lives?” said SP Setia Bhd president and chief executive officer Datuk Khor Chap Jen.

Held at the property developer’s headquarters in Setia Alam, the session kicked off with a video featuring enthusiastic employees participating in the Kindness Challenge, an interactive WhatsApp chat bot.

International Medical University (IMU) psychology lecturer Alexius Cheang talked about fixing the world and workplace with kindness, while #StandTogether celebrity kindness ambassadors Lisa Surihani and Nik Qistina shared their personal experiences on spreading kindness and the importance of playing their role in this meaningful initiative.Attendees also viewed an inspirational video on Khor’s visit to his alma mater, SMK Methodist Parit Buntar, to inspire a new generation of kinder Malaysians.

Khor said he was proud of the employees’ passion for the campaign, adding: “In SP Setia, we pride ourselves on teamwork. This initiative not only reinforces the act of kindness but also gels Team Setia even more.”

Among those who attended the talk was group risk management office administrative assistant Suriati Yusnita Mohamad Yusof, 41, who said it reminded her to be kind to herself.“With such kindness flowing across the office, we naturally practise it through simple gestures such as smiling and greeting each other,” she said.

Office administrative executive Kenneth Fernandez, 31, was on cloud nine as Lisa gave her input on his question.

“I am privileged to have a celebrity giving me advice on how to manage stress and be kind. This campaign has definitely made me a better person,” he said.

The #StandTogether campaign was founded by R.AGE and SP Setia in 2017 after a spate of deadly bullying cases.

It quickly grew into a student-driven movement, with various stakeholders coming on board such as the Education Ministry, Unicef Malaysia, Digi, IMU and Study Hub Asia.

“The campaign has recorded astounding figures with 22 prominent MPs pledging their support for the movement together with 15 Celebrity Kindness Ambassadors,” said Khor.

“We also have Kindness Tour workshops going to all states and the Federal Territories this year.

“Although these numbers are truly encouraging, there is still so much more we need to do to ensure that this kindness initiative is sustained and takes root in society at large.

“The #StandTogether campaign is given great importance in SP Setia as it is in line with our values and brand new mantra: ‘Stay Together. Stay Setia’.

“Only with a healthy dose of kindness, understanding and mutual respect can we all stay together and work hand in hand to achieve our goals,” he added.

The campaign will culminate in a #StandTogether Kindness Concert on May 4 at Setia City Convention Centre 2.

Admission is free. To register for the concert, go to bit.ly/stconcert2019. For more information, go to www.standtogether.my


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