Valentine’s Day is coming up fast and love is in the air! But unfortunately, unless you are a truly dedicated romantic and take time off, you will most likely spend the day working like the rest of us. The pandemic makes things even more difficult as not everyone can come together to celebrate in the office.
Now we know what you are thinking - this year’s Valentine’s Day is going to be a waste! No way! With a little bit of imagination and our suggestions, you can make the day special and fun! Gather your colleagues and coordinate with them to schedule any (or all!) of the following ideas to have an inexpensive and memorable Valentine’s Day.
Before you plan anything, make sure you are not affecting the culture and work ethics of your company or anyone’s work.
Let’s explore how you can make your Valentine’s Day special:
- Play Secret Cupid:
We know that every year you play Secret Santa at the office. But this time, you can arrange a fun activity where all team members draw a name and secretly leave that person treats in the days leading up to Valentine’s Day. On the last day, each person must guess who their Secret Cupid was. This will be like celebrating Christmas all over with a dose of love for Valentine’s Day.
- Decorate your workspace:
Get everyone involved in decorating their workspace for Valentine’s Day. Have each employee put up different items like streamers, balloons, and anything else related to the special day. On the day of love, organise a digital photo shoot with the team so they can show off their backgrounds – ensure everyone floods their social media with the screenshots!
- Customise Your Software:
With software like Microsoft Teams, you can update your background to a custom image. Make sure your background is not too distracting! Perhaps you could make one with your company logo in red and pink.
- Hold a fun contest:
You can organise a fun contest of sharing the most interesting love stories or maybe a singing contest. Prizes could be movie tickets, a box of chocolates, a romantic Valentine's dinner for two, or a bouquet of red roses – stuff that would be great for just about anyone. Make sure they are prizes that everyone would feel comfortable taking advantage of during the pandemic.
- Distribute chocolates:
Back in the days before Covid-19, you could have a jar filled with Hershey’s kisses to share. Nowadays, people might want to bring their own chocolates. Fortunately, this works well, as everyone enjoys different treats! Get your team to make the most of the holiday by indulging in sweet treats.
Depending on whether you are working from the office, home, or with a hybrid working system, you can still make the most of the holiday. You could surprise anyone you think is the best dressed, even if you are working remotely. They will simply have to wait to receive their prize!
Remember to be aware of any allergies or dietary requirements people may have.
- Dress to impress:
Although Fridays are the typical casual dressing day, make an exception this Valentine’s Day. Dress a bit fancier than usual. You can also decide on Valentine’s Day themed colours or pin a red rose to the suits and dresses!
If you wear a face-mask in the office, this is the perfect accessory to customise with subtle signs of the holiday.
- Convene digitally:
Why not use a digital meeting solution for yourself and the team? Convene is an award-winning Board Portal, designed to digitise and streamline your meeting processes from start-to-finish. Our comprehensive list of features is designed to help you at every step of the process. When you are not worried about administrative concerns, you will have more time to spend with your Valentine!
This short but sweet list is by no means exhaustive – these will surely encourage you to come up with more ideas and get the creative juices flowing. Start planning now to ensure you celebrate the day or even the week ahead with great ideas that can be customised for your work environment.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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