Valentine’s Day isn’t just for lovers! Spreading the love in your workplace boosts engagement, feelings of satisfaction, and contributes to a strong company culture.
Here are five ways to spread the love at your company:
Offset employee travel cost
Between gas, parking, and subway fare, the cost to get to work can add up. Consider gifting your employees a parking or subway pass, depending on how they commute.
Give them a Valentine card
We don’t mean the kind you send your kids to school with. If you’re a manager, write a note to each of your employees stating why you enjoy working with them, highlighting their strengths. If you’re not a manager, send a note of appreciation to your colleagues to brighten their day.
Not only will your employees love not having to worry about what to get for lunch, if you order from a corporate lunch caterer, you’re boosting the health and productivity of your office while you’re at it.
Organize a charity drive
Helping those in need builds gratitude and engagement in employees, while also spreading love within and outside of your company. Plan a Volunteer Day where employees can spend time working with a charity they love, organize a collection of canned goods for the local food shelter, or set up spare change jars that are then donated to a charity voted on by your employees. Bonus points if your company matches donations!
Love and caring go hand-in-hand, and by caring about your employees’ health, you are spreading the love! Offer nutrition classes at an upcoming Lunch and Learn, organize fitness classes at your workplace, or gift employees a pass to the local gym. Remember to encourage mental health as well, which is just as important as physical. Team up with a local healthcare provider to offer your employee a free session with a therapist.
Forget the flowers and candy, these gifts are more lasting.
Meg is a dreamer, entrepreneur, and homesteader based in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. She loves her cats, feasting, and road trips in her green VW Bug.