Whether you are new to HR and looking for some top tips to set your heart aflutter or simply find your thoughts turning to managing romance in the workplace, we’ve got some hints that will help you to love HR this Valentine’s day.
1. Show a little love
If an employee has done a great piece of work lately, provided excellent customer service or gone above and beyond, what better time to show them that their efforts have been appreciated. Something as simple as a thank you or a quick phone call in praise of a job well done can work wonders when it comes to giving a moral boost and brightening someone’s day. That goes for colleague’s too, if someone has been especially helpful or provided some welcome support, let them know and boost team spirit.
2. Let employees know the Company cares
Many employers recognise the importance of supporting employees when it comes to mental health in the workplace. If you haven’t already done so you might want to think about how you can spread a little love by creating a culture of openness where employees feel able to talk about mental health and any concerns they may be experiencing. This can have positive benefits for employers and employees alike as it can mean employees seek the help they need at an earlier stage. If your workforce feels valued and supported it can make for better long term relationships with employees.
3. Heart to heart
For some employees Valentine’s Day may be difficult, it could be they have suffered a bereavement or there has been a recent relationship break down. If you are worried about a member of your team, perhaps because they seem upset or their behaviour is otherwise out of character, having an informal conversation with them can be a good place to start.
4. Love is in the air?
When it comes to managing matters of the heart it pays for managers to think ahead.
If you don’t already have one, you may wish to put a workplace relationships policy in place to make employees aware of what is expected of them in this regard.
It’s also important to bear in mind that what one employee may consider to be a compliment, a romantic gesture or harmless passes at a colleague could be viewed very differently and may in fact be sexual harassment if the conduct is unwanted and violates the other person’s dignity or creates an intimidating or similarly unpleasant environment for them. As employers can be vicariously liable for sexual harassment it’s important that reasonable steps are taken to prevent it from occurring, whether employees are physically in the workplace or are working remotely. If a complaint of sexual harassment is made it’s important to seek advice from Kingfisher Professional Services Ltd on the facts of your situation before taking action.
If there is a HR matter in your organisation you would like assistance with, please do not hesitate to contact Kingfisher Professional Services Ltd as we are happy to help.