If a coworker is sick or dealing with an injury, it is a good idea to show them your support and sympathy. They might be in a dark place and no one should have to go through that alone. A great way to show you care and support them is by sending them some get well soon flowers and plants. One of the best gifts for someone stuck at home, flowers come in all different colors, scents, styles, and sizes. No matter the decor in a person’s home or what they prefer, there is certainly a flower or plant for them. They can do everything from looking good on a mantle, add some brightness to a bedroom, and can even contribute to great office decor. However, you need to be careful when sending flowers to a coworker, to ensure you are going about things the right way. With that in mind, this guide is going to go over how to choose and send get-well flowers to your coworkers.
Choose the Flowers You Send Wisely
First and foremost, you need to be careful about the types of flowers you are sending as a get-well gift, and it`s important to consider whether your colleague is recovering from a cosmetic procedure or something way more serious. Some flowers might be perfectly fine to send to them, while others may give them some mixed signals and confuse them. See, each flower has its own meaning. Some are romantic, some signify friendship, others signify pride and there are several other meanings behind popular flowers. You need to ensure you choose one that signifies the message or emotion you are trying to convey. For example, you wouldn’t send a sick or injured coworker a bouquet of red roses, as those types of flowers are generally reserved for someone with who you love and/or are in a close and romantic relationship. As far as which flowers you can choose, there are plenty of options such as sunflowers, lilies, and peonies, just to name a few. A simple search can let you know which flowers are appropriate, and it’s worth a couple of minutes to make sure the flowers you send are truly saying what you want them to say.
In most cases, you will want to send small stems and bouquets as a get-well-soon gift. There is a good chance that their close friends and family members are also going to send some flowers or gifts, and you don’t want to take up too much space with a massive arrangement. A small bouquet can be just as meaningful and simply because you sent fewer flowers than another person doesn’t mean you don’t care. This rule is especially true if they are in the hospital, as those rooms can be very small and you don’t want to fill it up on your own.
Make Sure Sending Flowers is Appropriate
At many offices, you will be completely fine to send flowers to a coworker without an issue. However, this isn’t always the case. Some offices might have rules about gestures like this, or they generally might be discouraged. For example, sometimes the sending of flowers can make someone uncomfortable, for example if the college of yours is getting an addiction help, or can lead to a toxic environment if someone is left out etc… Because of this, it’s a good idea to consult with management or whoever is in charge to make sure this is okay. While many managers and HR personnel won’t have a problem with you sending flowers (at least in this situation), it can’t hurt to ask to make sure. Also, while flowers as a gift are fine and normal in our Western culture, for the most part, flowers might hold a different significance in others. For this reason, always be careful and ensure you aren’t doing anything that will offend anyone or make them uncomfortable.
Include a Thoughtful Message or Note
While flowers are a great gift, they can often be a little bit general on their own. This is perfectly fine and the gift will certainly still be appreciated, but you can make flowers a little more personal by adding a note or card. This note or card should feature a thoughtful message in it, to show them you are thinking about them. As for what you decide to write, that is up to you. You could offer support, give well wishes, sympathize with them, or even all three… Adding a personal note, funny anecdote or other shared memory is also a good idea and can make the note that much more personal and special. They will not only be happy to get the flowers, but you can be sure that your note will put a smile on their faces and lift their spirit, even if only for a little bit. Every time they see the flowers and/or note, they will think of you and how you were there for them.
If You Send to One, Send to All
If you are going to send get-well flowers to one coworker who is experiencing an issue or rough patch in life, it’s good to be consistent. If another coworker experiences something similar, you should do the same for them without hesitation. While you can technically do whatever you want, if you only send flowers to one coworker, even though others have gone through similar situations, it can look bad and could make them feel left out. Being left out or feeling forgotten is never a good feeling. If a person is a close friend and coworker, it is a bit different, but if they are simply someone you know from work, it is a good idea to treat them the same as your other coworkers. If not, it may look like you’re playing favorites. So don’t start this trend with anyone unless you are prepared to do it for everyone, in most cases.
We hope that this guide has been able to help you both choose and send some get-well flowers to your coworkers.