Roses are red,
violets are blue,
documentation costs less than a lawsuit—or two.
It’s that time of year again—time for candlelit dinners, boxes of chocolate, confessions of love, and a whole lot of fodder for sexual harassment claims.
Valentine’s Day is around the corner. For workforce compliance professionals, this holiday is a complicated one. On one hand, you’ve got an opportunity to celebrate love (and candy) in all its forms. On the other hand, romantic gestures are never, ever appropriate in the workplace. They have the potential to not only unnerve and humiliate your employees, but to set the stage for misconduct and put your organization in serious legal risk.
Our advice? Keep any romantic or sexually suggestive as far away from the office as you possibly can. Do not hand out gifts, write personalized notes, or send Valentine’s emails. Skip the streamers and balloons. Definitely leave the wine at home.
This doesn’t mean you have to ignore Valentine’s Day completely. To help you celebrate in a safe, respectful, and fun way, we’ve created a deck of compliance-themed “Valentines” for you to hang up around the office. Each Valentine is an ode to a subject we love—such as onboarding, employee engagement, and harassment prevention.