In 2020, we provided you a curated list of Valentine’s themed office supplies to give you ideas of how to be festive using what you had at your fingertips. Ah, February 2020 – those halcyon days before the world fell apart.
Now it’s 2021 and we’ve all been through it. We’re all a little grittier, all a little harder around the edges, and most of us are so stir-crazy we’ve started having in-depth conversations with our house plants. (My house plant is a calathea called Captain Roger and he knows all my secrets.)
So, let’s release some of this pent-up tension with a little Valentine’s day festivities!
The theme for this year’s Valentine’s day blog post?
Other blog posts! It’s like a romantic blogception, and a very cost-effective way to send someone your love this Valentine’s day. Forgot to buy your coworker a gift? No biggie – just shoot them a link to one of these blog posts and say ‘hey, happy Valentine’s Day. This is my socially distant gift to you.’
Let’s get to it.
For your platonic office buddy and/or entire customer service team: Customer Thank You Note Examples
Valentine’s Day is all about showing loved ones you care, and what better time to show your customers you care?
This blog piece is all about how to create the perfect customer thank you notes. It’s not limited to Valentine’s Day, of course; use this template whenever you want to show your customers some extra love. This is always a wise move since customers are far more likely to stay with a company if they feel cared for and appreciated.
For your steamy workplace Valentine: Adult Activities for Adult Tape
Flirting at work may not exactly be professional but sometimes, it’s unavoidable. That being said, it can be risky to try to convey your interest with a colleague without breaking the rules laid out by HR.
Kick your office romance up a few notches by sending the object of your illicit affections our Adult Activities for Adult Tape piece. It's a completely innocuous piece about things you can do with our clear packing tape. Don’t let the name fool you; this piece is entirely innocent. Just like that conversation you’re about to have about it with that coworker you’ve been thinking about for the last three weeks straight. I feel you.
For your would-be Valentine if only they would chill: Patience at Work
This February 14th, I will be sending this article to myself since I have yet to learn the art of patience. It’s an invaluable skill and although sending a blog post about patience to an impatient person may be pretty passive aggressive, it could also be effective! … Maybe!
(Use this tactic at your own risk. Having a conversation is always better than sending less-than-subtle hints, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.)
For your office bestie who you wish would chat with you more: Internal Communication Tools
Look, I get it, we’ve all got to work, and your workplace best buddy is no exception.
Except… what if they just spent a tiny bit less time running those reports and a little more time talking to you?
Getting them on the phone may be an impossibility thanks to the avalanche of Zoom meetings we’re all under these days, but a reliable chat is an easy way to carry on a conversation as time allows. I swear by Slack – ninety percent of the memes I send to my work wife, Shannon, are via Slack. It is the glue the keeps our platonic-office-romance alive.
For your manager who you wish would be sweeter to you this Valentine’s Day (and, honestly, every day): Positive Employee Feedback
Consider sending this blog post an act of positive feedback in and of itself! ‘Nough said.
For all your favorite coworkers: Remote Team Building Activities
Team building is one of my favorite things we do at Blue Summit Supplies, since it often translates directly to ‘hanging out with my work friends doing fun stuff and getting paid for it.’ It also builds a sense of cohesion and team-mindedness which in turn motivates teams to work harder and be more productive – but those are just fringe benefits.
Send this post to all your coworkers, remote or in person, and find a way to make that your reality.
For the colleague who may need a little pick-me-up this Valentine’s day: How to Have a Good Day at Work
Like we said at the beginning of this piece, the last year has been rough. (Understatement.) If you have a colleague or two who just can’t seem to muster the same amount of joy or enthusiasm that they used to for their jobs, send them this article along with a sweet email or note. And maybe go an extra mile – a thoughtful gift box, flower arrangement, or sweet treat can go a long way in making someone’s day.
And what better day to make than Valentine’s Day?
For you, since you’re sending people blog posts instead of speaking to them directly: Bonus Admin Hour Podcast Episode, Passive Aggressiveness at Work
Alright, alright, we’re teasing you. But our podcast is full of excellent episodes covering gems of topics like this one, and we highly recommend our passive aggressiveness at work episode. It deals more with how to handle passive aggressive people than how to handle your own passive aggressiveness, but there’s a dash of that in there, too.
What are you doing to celebrate Valentine’s Day at work this year? We’d love to know and steal the ideas for ourselves! Drop a comment below.
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