This can be a two-fold question in today’s society, “Is it okay to send a male office staff flowers for Secretaries/Administrative Professional Day?” Nowadays, bosses are both of the male and female gender so in order to respond to this question, it has to be looked at from both angles.
Male boss: If you are a male boss of a male office staff you can send flowers, however, it would be better suited under the circumstances to send a gift basket of fruit, candy, or various other gourmet items; or send a plant and pass on the flowers.
Female Boss: If you are a female boss of a male office staff you can send flowers however you may want to consider any conflicts it could bring to your male employee if they have a spouse or significant other that may feel off by this gesture. It will depend on how long you have had this employee, how well you know them, and can even be variant upon your own marital status. You do not want to give the wrong message. By attaching a card with a clear message of your appreciation for the employees’ hard work will help take any possibly awkwardness out of the situation. When in doubt send a gift basket or a plant.
As much as it would be nice to say that the views have come around to gifting of flowers is universal, there are still some of the old idealism that only women should receive flowers, and that it is okay for women to be acknowledged by flowers by either a male or a female. Flowers have been pegged as feminine due to their beauty and alluring fragrance. This is a bit disheartening because men have reported that they enjoy receiving flowers even when they may not openly express it in front of co-workers. However, use your best discretion on how well you know the employee personally.
Here are some gift suggestions that will work well under either circumstance:
Bountiful Deli Gourmet Basket