Don't limit the ways you celebrate employees to annual summer outings and holiday parties.
Forbes contributor Colleen Reilly once asked: Is there room for love in the workplace?. Perhaps a different, nuanced type of love. Perhaps the authenticity and empathy with other human beings to achieve common goals, like an organization’s mission and objectives, go a long way.
Researchers Sigal Barsade and Olivia O’Neill argue in the Harvard Business Review that employees who share more “companionate love” (a love of warmth and connection as opposed to passion) are more engaged. We all know that engaged employees are more productive and better for your business.
Showing and sharing the love at work isn’t about giving everyone hugs, constantly complimenting each other’s work, and organizing a cheesy Valentine’s Day at the office. Small or large gestures show that you genuinely care about others, that you appreciate your team and team members for who they are and the work they do. Lending a sympathetic ear when a colleague is stressed, grabbing a coffee for a colleague who was burning the midnight oil, or organizing a monthly team event that’s focused on having fun help your managers, peers, and personnel feel cared for.
Regardless of the shape or form that ‘love’ in the office takes, we should all be striving to weave it into our company culture so consideration and connection happen effortlessly and regularly.
And, no, it doesn’t have to be on Valentine’s Day!
Given the past two years of craziness, it’s a great time to show your team how much you care. Of course you don’t need a Hallmark day like Valentine’s to celebrate your team, but why not use it as an excuse to draw your team out of the post-holiday winter slump and have some fun?
With tinyB Chocolate, you can organize a fun virtual team building chocolate experience that will have everyone laughing with delight. We’ll send your team everything they need to participate in the experience and then one of our expert chocolatiers will guide them through a fun, engaging, and delicious event. With options available for under $50 per participant, there's simply no virtual Valentine’s team-building event on the market that employees love so much for such a small investment.