At Rivers Edge, we have years of experience in corporate and event catering. Now that the holiday season is over and the dark winter months have set in, you might be looking for the first opportunity to bring some fun and levity into your workplace, such as a catered work event!
In February, Valentine’s Day presents just the opportunity. While celebrating Valentine’s Day in the office can be tricky, it can also be a great opportunity to show your appreciation for your employees. Here are some ideas of what you should do for an office Valentine’s celebration and what you should definitely avoid doing.
DON’T Encourage Employee Gift Giving
When most people think about Valentine’s day, they think about gift giving – whether it be a bouquet of roses, a box of chocolates, or a teddy bear. Some of your staff will spend just as much time (if not more) with their coworkers as they do their significant others. This can lead some to believe they should buy gifts for their coworkers.
However, valentine gift giving and office dynamics don’t often go hand in hand and encouraging employees to exchange gifts is a Pandora’s box you’ll want to avoid opening. Why? Because it will inevitably lead to unnecessary tension within the office. Similar to your school days, giving Valentine’s Day gifts often leads to missed expectations and/or unwanted romantic overtures.
You don’t want employees to think that otherwise inappropriate workplace behavior is acceptable as part of the holiday celebration. Trust us. It’s better to forgo gifts altogether.
DO Provide Some Tasty Food
Now, don’t get us wrong. We’re not saying you shouldn’t do something special for your employees to celebrate the holiday.
Show your employees how much you care about them by offering a catered breakfast. At River’s Edge Catering we have several different options for breakfast catering. If your office would benefit from something more casual, consider providing a continental breakfast or a cold breakfast buffet with your favorite pastries and fruit.
If you would like to add a more personal touch, order ahead and hand deliver a breakfast sandwich to each employee.
Or, you could bring everyone together and foster office camaraderie by serving a hot breakfast buffet.
DON’T Play Up the Romantic Aspect of Valentine’s Day
When you think of Valentine’s Day, you inevitably think about love, romance, and little angels shooting arrows of love.
The biggest problem with celebrating Valentine’s Day in the office is that romance and appropriate office dynamics do not mix.
You should try to find the perfect balance between celebrating the holiday while keeping important barriers in place.
Rather than making the holiday about romantic love, invite your staff to share what aspects of their job they love the most. You can even write them down and make a collage out of it that you could share on social media to show off your company culture.
However you decide to celebrate the holiday, make sure you don’t fall into one of these pitfalls!
And if you are looking for a professional corporate caterer in Portland, Oregon, keep Rivers Edge Catering in mind!