No this is not a reminder to buy glowers or gifts.
It is a reminder that office romances can be problematic and that romance or lack of can affect how your team will behave. It may even affect your own behavior.
Despite common perceptions, there are no laws that prevent romance in the workplace.
Flirting is not sexual harassment, unless it goes on past the point where one party has made it clear that they are not interested.
Sending gifts is not harassment or stalking unless it is unwanted and/or part of a broader pattern of behaviour.
Yet, romance in the workplace is a distraction, especially when a couple bickers, fights or breaks up. I have been witness to three marriage break ups in an office and it was awkward, uncomfortable and hard for everybody.
Sometimes the day itself can be distracting and disruptive to work flow as flowers and gifts are delivered. Or as staff wait wondering if there will be something arriving for them.
What can you do? Realistically not a lot however three tips would be:
1. Have a general culture or way of working where employees know that their work needs to be done. A little fun is fine as long as it doesn’t prevent work being done on time and to standard
2. Take a breath and avoid overreacting. A gentle reminder that you work together as a team and that involves being respectful and considerate of others.
3. Remember that it is only one day of the year