Planting random acts of kindness

Culture is really important to us. It’s at the heart of Regital. We’ve always been what could be called ‘a kind company’. We treat our clients and team with kindness. That can be things like giving people a day off on their birthday, getting a healthy lunch in or buying a less healthy round of drinks after-work. We also like to do things a little differently. Sometimes, that means more to our team.

Random acts of kindness day is a day you may or may not be aware of. It’s popularity has boomed in recent years through social media. The main idea is to spread kindness across the globe by simple gestures, such as being kind to a stranger, making someone a brew, supporting a charity. It can be as simple as texting someone “Good morning” or “Good night” to let them know you are thinking of them. We’ve engaged for a few years now at Regital. It was a good cultural fit. In the past we’ve sent our team little surprise gifts like chocolates, scented candles and other treats for no other reason than as a random act of kindness.

This year we decided to plant a tree in celebration of each member of our team for Random Acts of Kindness Day. We donated to the National Trust’s plant a sapling scheme and in doing so we are supporting their aim to plant 20 million trees by 2030, creating beautiful green spaces for generations to enjoy. We wanted to give something back to the environment so this seemed like a great way and we knew the whole team would appreciate this gesture on their behalf.

Like most people over the last two years we’ve all been spending more time outdoors, taking solace in the fresh air and appreciating the scenic beauty of the countryside. To many of us, escaping to the wilderness and connecting with nature has been fantastic not just for our physical health but for our mental wellbeing as well. As a team we’ve all had time to reflect on how we can have a positive impact on the world around us. As part of our new social values strategy we’ve even committed to pledging to environmental goals as a business by aiming to become net carbon neutral by 2025 and becoming more sustainable in the choices we make, using reusable coffee cups, being responsible with our tech and adopting the mantra ‘walk more – less uber’ are some of the individual micro changes that can make a real impact. 

Dedicating a tree just seemed a perfect gift for our progressive team. The process was straightforward and the price slightly more expensive than a posh barista style coffee. When you dedicate a tree you receive a personalised certificate. We hadn’t told our team what we were planning or that we were even taking part in random acts of kindness day this year so when they received their e-certificate it came as a lovely surprise, the gesture was received really well and the team started sharing the love on their social platforms flooding instagram with good vibes. It was a little random act of kindness that has given everyone a little boost and helped the environment.

Remember you don’t have to wait until random acts of kindness day to show someone you care, you can do this all year round, even the littlest of gestures can make a big impact on someone’s day.

For more information check out National Trust Plant a tree and Forest bathing