14 Stats About Valentine's Day (plus how to show employees some love)
Most of us either love it, or hate it. Valentine's Day is here, and you may be surprised to learn just how much people spend and consume in the name of love. We've gathered up some of the most shocking statistics about Valentine's Day we could find, and included a few sweet tips at the end for enhancing your workplace culture by spreading around the love.
Not much is known about the beginning origin on the holiday except for that it began with St. Valentine, however we do know how much time, money and chocolate is consumed each year in celebration. Even if you're choosing to lay low this year, consider our tips at the end of the article on showing your employees a little love. We promise, the return will be worth the attracting and retaining talented, engaged employees that are excited to come to work each day.
One poll estimated that of the 13 million Americans getting engaged this year, 6 million will be proposed to, or plan to propose, on Valentines Day.
Every Valentine's Day, the Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare's fictional characters Romeo and Juliet lived, receives over 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet, a woman who doesn't exist.
In fact, nearly 1 billion cards are expected to be exchanged just in the US on Valentine's Day.
In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine that year. They would wear this name pinned onto their sleeves for one week for everyone to see. This was the origin of the expression "to wear your heart on your sleeve."
Some 13 million pounds of sweetheart candies are sold within the six weeks leading up to Valentine's Day. That’s enough candy to stretch from Arizona to Italy 20 times and back again.
The chocolate box has been around for almost 150 years. The first Valentine's Day box of chocolates was introduced by Richard Cadbury in 1861, and featured his own artwork on the front.
The average American consumes 10 pounds of chocolate per year. The average Swiss consumes 22 pounds.
It's projected that the amount of chocolate purchased around February 14th will be 60 million pounds! Which is about $400 million worth. But, sorry to say, poor Cupid, the week that houses the most chocolate is not red but orange. Halloween historically trumps Valentine's Day with 90 million pounds of chocolate candy purchased.
The per person average amount that people will spend on Valentine's Day: $130
The average pet owners spent on their pets on Valentine's Day in 2012: $4.50
The total spending that will be reached just for Valentine's Day: $18.5 billion
Average cost to have a dozen red roses delivered today: $120
In 1990 that number was just: $45
How To Show Your Employees Some Love
You certainly shouldn't need a retail holiday to remind you to thank your team! If you want to foster a healthy and happy workplace culture, thanking your team is essential. Especially with the younger generations who crave consistent feedback. Whether it's good, bad or just to say "keep doing what you're doing", your employees want to know you're paying attention to them. Even negative feedback is better than no feedback.
Another way you can show your employees a little love is by trusting them to take on new responsibilities. Nothing says you approve of someone more than giving them bigger projects to work on. Better yet, ask them what they would like to work on. You might be surprised to hear the ideas floating around your office.
The simplest and most obvious way to show your team you care is by giving them a little something extra. From bringing a batch of cookies to the office kitchen or giving them a random Friday afternoon off. Doing something "just because" to show your appreciation for their hard work goes a long way.
If you need more suggestions, check out Inc. Magazine's latest post on 10 Ways To Show Your Employees You Love Them. We're extremely fond of tips #9 and #10. Happy Valentine's Day!