As the world’s most romantic day is fast approaching, there are several professionals who may feel uncomfortable at the thought of celebrating it with colleagues.There is always a pressure to keep things professional in the workplace, even though expressing love and gratitude for the colleagues is important. Following the guideline and the work ethics, the celebration should be strictly platonic, without crossing any lines or making anyone feel uncomfortable.Getting fired from the workplace should be the last thing you may want in your attempt to make your colleagues feel loved.
We have a certain guideline that you may like to follow in order to help you maintain a balance between these two pressures while celebrating Valentine’s Day with colleagues,and also the things not to do on the V-Day in the office. The list,while not extensive is based on many personal experiences and observations that can help to avoid embarrassing encounters at work the next day.Avoid expensive gifts for special and specific people: If you are giving extravagant gifts to your colleagues, it will be like singling out colleagues and is sure to make you feel awkward. It is sure going to be the talk of everyone else in the office, about a special relation or bond with your colleague.Your colleague may feel less appreciated and loved, and even might hurt the sentiments of your other team members.
Just don’t make a big deal about the gift in front of the whole office and , if you are planning something for a colleague whom you have a special rapport with. Ensure not to buy inappropriate gifts for colleagues: Even though it is quite obvious, but it needs to be included in this list. There are many colleagues who don’t follow this and as result of which many strong working relationships have been destroyed by gifting intimate gifts to one another.Remember, the nature of the gift is a possible indication of feelings of the gift giver, as an example , ‘the world’s best co-worker’ mug shows your appreciation for your colleague in a much more platonic and warm way than by gifting them lingerie.Never go into hiding on Valentine’s Day: Some colleagues in the workplace goes into hiding and refrain from even wishing their colleagues. You need to take the Valentine’s Day as a great opportunity to start new bondings or an appropriate time for you to build and/or repair relations with colleagues, and help make working with them tons easier.”Wish them a happy Valentine’s day warmly and leverage on this festival of love and companionship to strengthen your friendship and team spirit instead of splurging on gifts. This will be the most inexpensive and safest way of doing so.
Please don’t flirt with your colleague and use the day as an excuse to flatter and impress. Flattery should be discouraged as it is the lowest form of wit. It is not appropriate to cosy up to your boss or subordinate by taking them out for dinner or taking pains to gift them what they want for Valentine’s Day.
The whole act will make you look like a suck up and you might also risk putting your boss or junior in an uncomfortable situation. It is also advisable to collaborate on a gift with a group of co-workers, if you would like to get your seniors or subordinates a special gift to show your appreciation. There are many ways of doing it like organising staff lunches on Valentine’s Day that will not only get the message across, but is also a effective ways for a team-building session.