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Valentine's Day at the office

Thursday - 2/13/2014, 12:34pm  ET

Rohan Williamson, special to wtop.com

WASHINGTON - Brace yourselves: Valentine's Day is coming up, and while it is supposed to be a celebration of love you have for your significant other, you may want to tone it down at the office.

Parade offers a few pointers to help make Valentine's Day fun but professional. Some of these include bringing in sweets for everyone and sending funny Valentine's cards instead of romantic ones.

Here are a few:

  • Don't flaunt around your gifts. I know you are excited your Valentine sent you flowers and chocolate, but it's doubtful that everyone in the office received a gift. Keep this in mind.

  • Don't be jealous. If you don't have a Valentine be supportive of those who do. Even if you are a little upset, Valentine's Day only comes once a year.

  • Bring gifts for everyone. That way, you make everyone feel special.

  • Send less-serious Valentine's cards. If you do have a crush on someone in the office, don't give them a passionate card. Send something that's more light-hearted. If they are interested in you, they'll notice it. And if they're not, it will create less tension in the office environment.

If you follow these tips, you can create a better work atmosphere and help all your co-workers enjoy Valentine's Day.

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