Valentine’s Day leaves hardly anybody indifferent. “The most romantic day of the year” has many avid proponents, but there are just as many painfully rational sceptics who see it just as a great opportunity for the shops to rip off their clients. Nevertheless, we have recently started to witness a gradual democratisation of this particular day – it is no longer reserved only for those involved in the romantic relationships as many people began to see it as a good opportunity for expressing general positive feelings towards those important to you – be it your family, friends or coworkers.

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Valentine’s Day in the office – is it a good idea in the first place?

It’s always a good idea to tighten the bond between you and your colleagues. Doing so on February the 14th makes it even easier because you can use one of many ideas reserved for this special day. Nonetheless, make putting everyone at their ease your absolute top priority as you should be aware that the idea alone of celebrating Valentine’s Day at work make some people simply nauseous. It’s essential to remember about engaging everyone equally and keep in mind not to favour anyone. This is also not the best opportunity to have presents from your significant other delivered to the office, pushing too much personal life into the workplace can interfere with what we aim to get from this day – team building spirit. So tell your loved one to wait with spoiling you until you finish work. The newly – single colleague will be thankful for your consideration. And when it comes to the romantic confessions… it’s really better to hold on for a more private situation to let someone know you’re interested in them. This rule also apply to those already romantically involved with coworker.

Little surprise gifts.

We all love surprises, don’t we? Well, at least the positive ones. You can suggest your coworkers the idea of buying a small gift (you should specify the price) for the person chosen by picking the name out of a hat. It would be best if you actually thought about what would make this person happy instead of just buying him or her a box of chocolate on the way to work. Listen cautiously to what your coworker says, ask subtle questions but remember not to spill the beans about what you’re planning to buy! This can be a substantial step forward in getting to know that person (and a good fun too).

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Kind words are just as valuable as bought gifts.

If for some reason you think that buying gifts isn’t necessary the thing your colleagues would be eager to get involved in, encourage them to prepare a short note with a few kind words for each other. You can make some suggestions to help them deal with this task – propose lines like: “Thank you for your help when I needed it”, or: “Your optimism motivates me when we’re all swamped with work”. You think it’s rather cheesy? I can assure you that for some people it can be the nicest thing they’ll hear that day. Isn’t that worth it?

Whatever you and your colleagues choose to do that day, keep in mind it’s supposed to be about team building spirit through fun and making this day equally enjoyable for everyone.