It doesn’t have to be all hearts and flowers. Whether you’re a cynic or a romantic, loved up or single, Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to show some appreciation to the people who are there for you.
And who deserves a token of gratitude more than your hard-working staff? Read our guide to showing your workforce the love this Valentine’s Day…
We often spend more time at work than we do with our partners and family, so it’s important to make sure it’s a pleasant place to be. Never mind that happy staff make for a more productive, engaged and cohesive workforce.
Valentine’s Day isn’t the most fun for everyone so it can be a great excuse for showing your staff some appreciation and boosting morale. And at the very least it’s an opportunity for some light-hearted fun to break up the Winter blues. Here’s some ideas for showing your staff the love…
Let’s face it, sending out Valentine’s Day cards to your workforce is creepy. Try thank you cards instead. The key here is to make it personal: for each member of staff think of a nice bit of feedback to include. It could be praise for completing a particular project, some gushing client feedback or even due recognition for always being the person that makes the pot of tea before a meeting.
Have a workplace love-in
In a similar vein, Valentine’s Day can be a good opportunity to encourage your staff to show appreciation for each other. Clear a bit of wall space or commandeer a white board for the day and get staff to write little thank you notes praising their colleagues for times they’ve made a difference to their working life.
Satisfy their sweet tooth
Valentine’s Day can be divisive, heavily dependent on whether or not you’re loved up or flying solo. However, most people agree that chocolate and cake are delicious. Bring in some decadent sweet treats for Valentine’s Day for sugar rush boost to the afternoon.
Surprise them with a bottle of fizz
Get everyone to log off an hour or so early and have happy hour drinks instead. For maximum effect keep it a surprise. Better yet schedule what looks to be a boring meeting and then pop out with a bottle of fizz. Raise a toast to your team for all the brilliant work they’ve done. Cheers!
Team bonding – speed dating style!
Once everyone has had a glass of bubbly and is feeling relaxed why not try a speed dating inspired game to encourage everyone to get to know each other better? One half of your team stays seated while the other half rotates around the room, with a 5-minute window to connect with each colleague – no work chat allowed!
Give a little token of your appreciation
Lingerie should obviously be avoided at all costs. Cuddly bears would also be a bit much. But there’s no reason you can’t use Valentine’s Day as an excuse to give your staff a well-earned token of your appreciation. As mentioned chocolate is rarely a bad idea. Or try a gift certificate or something cheap and cheerful like a lottery ticket? It’s the thought that counts.
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