Ah, Valentine's Day...the day we go out of our way to appreciate our loved ones. Why not share a little of that love with the people you spend time with daily? Sharing your appreciation for your coworkers creates a positive work environment that is contagious and gets the office buzzing with energy.
Here are eight ways to show your appreciation for your work colleagues this year:
1. Meet and greet
Something as simple as saying good morning to colleagues or saying goodbye when you leave can make a big difference.
2. Get to know your colleagues
Take the time to learn your colleagues' interests or hobbies outside of work. Go out of your way to get to know the people you spend the majority of your day with.
3. Organize events
Getting everyone together to socialize and have fun is a great way to bond and grow as a team. Throw holiday parties, themed days or potluck lunches to bring some fun to the office.
4. Say thank you
Show your colleagues you care by sending a speacial thank you card or a handwritten note of encouragement. Even a sticky note on your colleague's computer can be a nice way to start the day. Get creative!
5. Lend a hand
We have all been overwhelmed at times. When you see a colleague in over their head, don't hesitate to offer to help. Even a small gesture will be appreciated.
6. Acknowledge everyone
Don't forget - the maintenance workers, janitors and cafeteria workers are also your coworkers. These are sometimes thankless jobs and without them, you would be doing a lot more. Make sure you go out of your way to appreciate their efforts as well.
7. Recognize and celebrate
Celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, life and work accomplishments. Also, remember a handshake, high five or smile can energize the office and make the day-to-day grind exciting.
8. Share a token of appreciation
Small gifts are perfect for when people go that extra mile at work. It doesn't have to be big. Appreciation can go a long way to change the dynamic in the workplace. A smile can become eye-catching and habit forming.
So why keep it to Valentine's Day? Start a new trend at work and show your appreciation every day!