In England, a mystical character called ‘Jack’ Valentine leaves sweets and presents for children. In Slovenia, Saint Valentine or Zdravko is one of the saints of spring and the patron of beekeepers. In Italy, it is said that young, unmarried people should wake up before dawn to spot their future spouse. It is also said that birds propose to each other or marry on this day.
While Valentine’s Day, the custom of sending cards, flowers, chocolates and other gifts, is a celebration of romance around the world, it remains connected with many different regional customs. This year, start your own custom; make Valentine’s Day a team-building day.
Remember giving our cards and candy to your schoolmates? You may be all grown up now, but it’s still a great day to appreciate your team. The beauty of these ideas is they don’t take any preparation; perfect for on-the-go proposal directors and managers.
#1 Thanks a Latte
You’re going to grab a coffee on the way to work, so why not grab coffee for the team? Just give it a little something special for the day by writing a quote on the cup, something that inspires the collaborative spirit you’re looking for in your team:
#2 I’m (Do) nuts About Your Work
While you’re grabbing that coffee, grab some of the office’s favorite sweet treats, donuts. Grab a pen and decorate the box with some fun puns focused on thanking your team for all of their hard work.
#3 I Carrot about You
If coffee and sweets are not your thing, give your team the gift of a heart-healthy lunch. Celebrating together and engaging in an activity can engage your team, boost morale, and encourage a feeling of camaraderie. Try these conversation starters:
#4 Gifts that Keeps on Giving
Here’s a gift that takes no planning and is square in your proposal wheelhouse; APMP’s “U.S. Bid & Proposal Industry Benchmark Report.” If you’re an APMP member, and you should be, the Executive Summary is a free download on their website. If you’re not a member, it’s just $99. Email it to your team with an inspirational note, or print it on pink paper to distribute, and ask your team for their feedback.
Or consider a #1 Amazon best seller also in your work zone – GAME CHANGERS for Government Contractors: Insider Secrets and Advice from the Industry’s Top Experts. You can purchase the paperback to share among the team, or download the Kindle edition for free!
#5 Thank you Berry Much
When is the last time you gifted a simple, yet powerful, hand-written note of thanks? Grab some paper and a red pen – it’s a great time to thank your team for their hard work or announce a future team-building or training event that will help them achieve success.
Whether you play a game or quietly slip a thank you note under their door, Valentine’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate your team and the power of collaborative team work.
Ready to harness your team’s collaborative energy?