I am pleased to share my latest post for SHRM on Valentine’s Day in the workplace.
1. Okay to say Happy Valentine’s Day. I would avoid happy V.D.
2. Better to say Happy Valentine’s Day to a group than an individual. Don’t want anyone to feel singled out.
3. Managers should be more careful if, when and how. Perhaps respond only but don’t initiate.
4. Managers should never said a card to a subordinate over whom they have direct or indirect authority. Most certainly the card should not include an audio of Olivia Newton-John – I Honestly Love You (1974).
5. Never ask anyone who their Valentine is or whether they have one, unless you want to be a defendant.
6. Any food you might bring in can be shared without fanfare. Don’t need to say anything. The food will speak for itself.
7. Remember, not everyone has a “Valentine” in the traditional sense. While not having an intimate partner is not a “protected group,” such individuals are human beings who matter. So let’s not avoid anything that may make anyone uncomfortable, but let’s consider how people feel in how we share what may be a common bond to most.
With no sexual, romantic or other prurient intent or thoughts, Happy Valentine’s Day to all!