Valentine’s day...a day of love and appreciation; dedicated to couples as the one day a year to express just how much you truly value your significant other...blah, blah, blah. No! Make it clear to your partner how much they mean to you and how much you value your relationship every day of the year. Valentine’s Day is a time to express appreciation for all types of relationships, including family members, friends, work partners, and employees. This year, let’s make sure everyone feels valued and recognized in some way.

In this blog post, I’ll provide some ideas and suggestions to help you show your employees, team members, and entire department just how much you value their hard work and dedication. Signify that their efforts have not gone unnoticed.

Treats

Nothing says, “I recognize your exceptional work,” like free food. The best, most effective method to get someone excited about coming into work is to promise scrumptious, festive treats. Here are a few delicious ideas:

  1. Oreo Pops

  1. Snack Mix

  1. Cupid Crispies

  1. Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

  1. Chocolate Cherry French Macarons

  1. Red Velvet Cream Cheese Muffins

  1. Brazilian Chocolate Truffles

Enjoy!

Gifts

If you’re more of a giver, here are a few exemplary Valentine gift ideas perfectly suitable for that employee who puts in a little extra effort at the office and deserves a little down time or a special treat.

  1. Bath bombs

  1. Tea infusers

  1. Bubble bath

  1. Cupcake kit

  1. Mason jar cookies

Party

To round out the Valentine’s festivities, make the entire day a celebration. Why stop with gifts and treats? Give your employees a little celebration as a reward for all their hard work.

Decorate

Have an office cubicle decorating contest encouraging everyone to decorate their cubicle in the Valentine theme. Vote on the best decorated workstation and present them with an additional treat or gift.

Games

Play “Guess the Kiss Jar.” Fill a clear jar with hershey kisses and have each employee guess the number of kisses in the jar. The closest guess wins the jar.

“Secret Cupid” is exactly the same as “Secret Santa.” Each person is assigned someone else in the office to buy a Valentine’s Day gift or treat. Try and guess who your Secret Cupid is after receiving your gift.

Dress Up (or down)

Dress up in Valentine-like attire, everyone wear red, or allow a dress-down day at the office to keep everyone relaxed, comfortable, and having a good time.

Get everyone in the office in the true Valentine’s Day spirit this year. Recognize your employees, department, and team members and make sure they know their effort is noticed and appreciated. After all, they’ll be much more motivated to continue working hard after being rewarded. Everyone enjoys being acknowledged, especially when treats, gifts, and an office party are involved. Remember to appreciate each other all year long as well!