Let’s face it; Valentine’s Day can be awkward at the office. We want to make a good impression and acknowledge our coworkers on holidays but the romantic nature of Valentine’s makes it tricky to do so without getting HR involved.
Why not use the thoughtfulness of Valentine’s Day to encourage random acts of kindness and caring. Given we spend around 2000 hours a year with our colleagues and they can affect our well-being. There are plenty of ways to use the positive feelings generated in February to improve the wellbeing of your team. Here are some (HR approved) ways to get started.
Commit to Kindness
Try one kindness initiative at a time—for example, regularly saying thank you or offering to help a co-worker at least once a day—and see if you can get the kindness bug to spread.
Nix the negativity
It’s easy to get slip into negativity as a default behavior at work. We hear others being negative so we join in to stay out of the crossfire. We all need to remind ourselves to stay out of that negativity and instead be kind, nice, and thoughtful.
See Everyone’s Strengths
Seek to find value in what each of your teammates brings to the table – remember that there is a reason each of them was hired.
Call off the clique
Believe that everybody works hard—even if they are separated by building, business function or geography. Try a little kindness with the people who work in other divisions and you might be surprised how it actually makes things better for you.
Find Some Fun
Previous posts have discussed the positive effects of playing games and laughing together as a team. Subscribe to our newsletter for some games to do on your own, or contact ODA at firstname.lastname@example.org to plan an event.