Kindness is a hidden superpower for software engineers. It helps your peers feel safe, and if they feel safe people take the risks that enable efficient, honest communication and thus real collaboration.
We have a mechanism that creates unhappiness, difficulty changing habits, relationship problems, frustration, anger, and disappointment. We are usually not aware of this, but it is happening continuously and in all of us.
Efficiently giving feedback is essential for working together as it forms healthy relationships, fuels personal and professional growth and aligns us with common norms. Feedback is one of the cornerstones of company culture.