Valentine's Day offers the perfect chance to find a way to show your staff how much you appreciate them. You can increase morale, share some positivity and also enjoy some extra delicious corporate catering.

A shocking 87% of employees report feeling unengaged in the workplace, but you have the chance to turn it around. It's the little things that make a difference, so take the opportunity to make their day.

How to use Valentine's Day as an opportunity

  • Brighten the mood: this date or time of year can be tough for some, so add some life into the office and get the good feels rolling.
  • Increase comradery: celebrating together not only forms bonds in the workplace, but it sparks a feeling of togetherness and boosts team morale.
  • Encourage positive corporate culture: ensuring you celebrate in an inclusive way will make employees feel safe, connected and happy in your business.

How do you celebrate Valentine's Day in the office?

Host an office breakfast

Start your Valentine's Day off on the right foot and order some delicious breakfast catering to treat your team! Grab some bagels, French toast, fresh fruit and create a surprise spread everyone will love.

waffles from wafflo Melbourne

Image: WAFFLO, Sydney.

Decorate the office

A quick, easy and affordable way to show your appreciation for staff is to decorate your office space. Decorate with streamers, edible flower arrangements and even balloons, to create a positive space. You can even place an appreciation card on each employee's desk

Make a donation

Making a charitable donation is a great way to spread some love on behalf of your company. Make use of Order-In's donation option at checkout, to not only order something tasty, but donate to a good cause.

An appreciation board

Set up a board where staff can post their appreciation for others. Supply a few markers, post it notes, nice paper and encourage employees to share the love with colleagues, or write the name of someone they may appreciate!

Cookies

Order some cookies and create a goodie bag to place on employee's desks or the kitchen table. People can then help themselves to a tasty treat alongside their morning coffee or. After all, everybody loves cookies!

A tea party

Whether it is morning or afternoon tea, get some office catering for the Valentine's season. Cupcakes, cups of tea, brownies and an assortment of treats will make anyone smile.

Valentines Day Morning Tea

Image: VANILLA BLUE, Sydney

An office Valentine-themed lunch

Take your Staff lunch to the next level and create a Valentine's day themed catering menu. Think pink and red decorations, delicious mains and heart shaped cupcakes for dessert. Or even just getting the team together for a nice meal is the best way to boost spirits!

Fun office games

A simple way to get everyone involved is fill a small jar with candy hearts and ask everyone to have a written guess of how many there are. Then gift the jar to the winner at the end of the day (and remind them sharing is caring).

An office community video

If you have the time, make a small homemade video on achievements of either individual staff members, or your whole office community. It can be a slideshow of fun memories or iconic moments in the business' history.

After work drinks

Gather your troops and enjoy some Alcohol and drinks right to your office space. Share some wine, beer and maybe a few cocktails (or mocktails) on a Friday afternoon to really show your appreciation. Order a grazing table for an extra special touch.

staff drink alcohol delivery

What not to do on Valentine's Day at work

Don't be inappropriate

Despite being the holiday of love, there is a time and a place for everything. Ensure whatever you decide is positive, but not inappropriate. The last thing you would want to do is make someone (or everyone) uncomfortable. If you organise games, make sure they are optional.

Don't make people feel bad

If someone doesn't want to get involved, that's ok! don't pressure anyone to take part in celebrating. Give the chance to get involved, but allow people the space to remain reserved; there may be a personal reason after all.

Don't get too personal

Being appreciative and thankful: yes. Being flirtatious: a big no. The date doesn't have to be romantic! Find work-appropriate ways to celebrate.

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