Valentine’s Day is a great time to show appreciation in the workplace! Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate coworkers. Remember giving your schoolmates cards and candy to celebrate? You’re all grown up now, but it’s still a great day to appreciate your team. Celebrating Valentine’s Day at work is a great opportunity to improve camaraderie, engage in joint activities to boost team morale, spark a feeling of togetherness, and make employees feel more engaged. Here are 14 ways to enjoy Valentine’s Day with your team. I hope you enjoy my Tuesday Tip! ~Cathy
1. Host breakfast
Grab some bagels, fruit, and pastries for the office. Decorate the table with a Valentine’s Day tablecloth, flowers, and scattered paper hearts. Sprinkle in some Sweethearts candy (if you can find a bag).
2. Hand out goody bags
Fill goody bags for every employee with candy, gift cards, and a handwritten note. Don’t forget the dietary restrictions and preferences of the team.
3. Decorate the office
Pinterest is calling. Place pink, red, and white balloon bouquets around the office, stick hearts on computer monitors, and decorate chairs with streamers. Place some edible flower arrangements in the lunchroom.
4. Gift candy mason jars
Leave mason jars filled with candy treats on desks as a nice morning surprise: Fill a mason jar with candy and chocolates, cover the top with a Valentine’s Day cupcake wrapper, and add a colorful ribbon. Attach a fun note, and place a sticker on the jar with each person’s name to make it personal.
5. Start late
Invite your team to start work later than normal to focus on themselves, partners, friends, or family. You’ll find your team more refreshed and appreciated.
6. Host a tea party
Bring heart-shaped cookies, prepare a selection of teas, and break out the cucumber sandwiches! Decorate the table with a red tablecloth and scattered hearts. Schedule the tea party for the early afternoon, when everyone’s energy is getting low. Take into account any dietary restrictions and preferences.
7. Make charitable donations
Create a list of five charities, like the The Red Cross, St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The Salvation Army and The Humane Society. Place a jar for each charity in the lunchroom along with a short description of the charity. Give each employee a red paper heart with ‘$10’ written on it. Ask everyone to put the paper heart in the jar of their preferred charity to donate $10 from company funds.
8. Play Valentine’s bingo with prizes
Hand out bingo game sheets and chips to employees who want to participate, and play some office bingo! Prizes can be anything, from gift cards to local restaurants to lunch with the CEO.
9. Offer meditation or yoga instruction
Invite a meditation or yoga instructor during the lunch break to talk about how to introduce mindfulness into your life, and finish with a session for the team.
10. Test your estimation skills
Fill some large jars with candy or chocolates and have everyone guess how many items there are in the jar. The closest guess wins and gets to take the jar home. Of course, you’ll have to count the candy first!
11. Set up an Appreciation Bulletin Board
Set up a bulletin board, spread out markers, bring push pins, and hand out paper hearts with the following request: ‘Share some ways you’ve felt appreciated at work’. Leave the board up for the next week to encourage appreciation.
12. Decorate your own cookies
Bake or buy heart-shaped sugar cookies (or alternatives based on dietary restrictions/preferences), and place them in the lunchroom for employees to decorate throughout the day. Provide sprinkles, different colors of icing tubes, and candy for decorating. Offer cellophane bags and colorful ribbons for those who want to take their cookies home or gift them.
13. Recognize great work publicly
Consider using an employee recognition and rewards program like Bonusly to show your peers appreciation publicly and offer your team a huge catalog of rewards. Remind your team that Valentine’s Day is a great day to share their appreciation with colleagues.
14. Provide 15-minute massages
Bring in a professional masseuse or masseur, and offer 15-minute massages. Massages can reduce stress, improve morale, and decrease injuries.
And don’t forget your remote workers! Send them an e-card, mail them a goody bag, and invite them to participate in Valentine’s Day activities using online conferencing.
Make this Valentine’s Day one that your team will remember and look forward to next year!
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