Millions of people will exchange bouquets of roses, expensive chocolates, cheesy greeting cards and extravagant gifts to express their love to one another on February 14th—but should Cupid steer clear of the workplace? Absolutely, advises Forbes writer Jacquelyn Smith.
Quick Refresher: Absolute “Don’ts” at the Office on Valentine’s Day (and every day – really)!
#1: Don’t give gifts to one or some coworkers and not others.
Remember that girl in your 2nd-grade class who only handed out Valentine’s Day cards and candy to select students? Don’t be her.
#2: Don’t give your coworkers expensive or inappropriate gifts.
Although you might look at some of your colleagues as friends, beware of buying gifts that are too intimate. It sends the wrong message.
#3: Don’t flirt with coworkers and don’t get physical.
“Safe” Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Office
#1: Say “Happy Valentine’s Day!” It’s not against the law.
It’s a good way to acknowledge the day without crossing any lines or making anyone feel uncomfortable.
#2: Bring a treat, like cupcakes or chocolates, for everyone in the office to enjoy.
As long as you’re not targeting a specific person, this is a safe and fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day at work.
#3: Dress in red.
Valentine’s day is a great opportunity to wear red or even pink to show your holiday spirit, without the romantic vibe. This is something everyone can partake in, if they’d like to.
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