With all the positive and loving thoughts about Valentine’s Day, what could possibly go wrong? Lots! Lots can, and often does, go wrong at work. Cupid should steer clear of the workplace. Taming the office is very important. But, how?
Think again if you think romance doesn’t happen at work. A recent survey by Vault shows that more than half of workers have been involved in an office romance and more than 40% had no idea if their company had a policy on interoffice relationships. Wow!
Managers as well as subordinates have made bad judgment calls in which Valentine’s Day has played a part. Some workers think this holiday gives them license to make moves they normally wouldn’t. Who knows why?
Lots of us spend more time with our office mates than our significant others. This makes us inclined to consider giving something to our co-workers which can lead to very awkward situations. Even with an act as innocent as giving a card.
This holiday doesn’t excuse inappropriate behavior. Cupid should steer clear of the workplace. So, how do you tame the office? It all begins with showing respect.
Cupid Should Steer Clear of the Workplace.
Raise awareness. Remind employees before Valentine’s Day about unacceptable behavior by conducting anti-harassment training or re-distributing your policy on this with how to report inappropriate behavior.
Encourage kindness. Be creative and get others involved to express appreciation for office mates. Create a venue where they can praise one another or say why they love working at the company. Or, have office mates create goofy cheap gifts with appreciation sentiments to give each other.
Give back. Make this holiday a day when employees can give back to the community. I Y My Community! Allow them to either volunteer at their favorite charity organization or facilitate a charitable donation drive.
Organize a contest. Take time to have fun with a contest while team-building. Have employees do a Valentine’s Day word search puzzle with prizes. Organize a cupcake or heart cookie contest. Have a party with a Valentine candy-filled piñata. Order heart-shaped pizza showing company appreciation for employees. Lots of ideas are out there!
“Show respect even to people who don’t deserve it, not as reflection of their character, but as a reflection of yours.” ~Dave Willis
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