Keep that Card to Yourself
Valentine’s Day around the office can be a tricky. While it can be a fun and light-hearted holiday it is important to not get too comfortable within your office environment. In today’s blog post, we offer three tips for a successful and appropriate Valentine’s Day at the office.
1. Don’t give out Valentine’s Day cards: Don’t be tempted to give out Valentine’s Day greetings. Even the most innocent of Valentine’s cards may suggest romantic feelings. In the workplace, a card that says “Be Mine!” may be interpreted as a romantic gesture or sexual advance despite the intention. Additionally, the type of card that is available for adults at Valentine’s Day can vary from romantic to crude to downright questionable adult content, all of which should never be shared at work. Being selective with your recipients may also lead to difficulties. In order not to hurt feelings, create unpleasant or uncomfortable personal scenarios or invite worries of discrimination, leave the cards at home.
2. Save the gifts for your loved ones: Always avoid bringing gifts to your coworkers on Valentine’s Day as the context of the holiday is naturally romantic. This doesn’t mean that you can’t do something nice for your employees or coworkers. Put a creative spin on things while keeping it neutral. A great suggestion I found online was to create a “Love Board” where employees can post a note about why they love working at their company. Try bringing a communal candy bowl, create a contest with guess the number of candies in the jar or take your entire team out to lunch as a group outing; this way no one feels singled out and you reduce the risk of being connected with any romantic misunderstanding.
3. Just because it’s Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean sexual harassment rules can be broken: Keep in mind that professionalism is still priority number one. Valentine’s Day won’t negate awkward or illegal behavior and can easily foster misunderstandings. What some employees find to be fun or silly flirty comments (verbal, cards, e-mails, text messages, jokes) other employees may be bothered and find inappropriate. This includes social media channels too!
Valentine’s Day may be a holiday created by card companies, but in all its love driven glory, February 14th is sure to cause some drama if you don’t prepare and act accordingly. So keep it clean, be respectful and leave those conversation hearts behind.
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