Business Flower Etiquette: Sending Flowers

It’s natural for many of us to develop personal, professional, and platonic relationships at work, especially as the majority of us spend most of the day in the office. With this said, there will be times when gifting colleagues with a bouquet of flowers is something you want to do.

It may be your coworker’s birthday or anniversary, they may have passed their probation, received a promotion or it could be their last day working with the company. While a fresh flower bouquet teamed with chocolates and even a bottle of bubbles may seem like the natural gift to give, there are a few rules you should follow when it comes to etiquette.

There is a fine line between sending blooms as business gifts to partners, co-workers, your boss, and clients. These boundaries need to be respected and maintained at all times, especially if you wish to send a bouquet to someone you are romantically involved in the workplace. This is when you need to be extra careful and follow basic flower etiquette.

Sending flowers to team members

Many companies in this day and age have the policy to send flowers to colleagues for the likes of business accomplishment, birthdays, and anniversaries. While it is a great gesture on a company’s part, it’s important that this gesture is reflected throughout the whole business and not just for a select few. If a person has a higher achievement than another, this shouldn’t mean they are awarded a bigger bunch of blooms. Everyone should be treated as an equal in the workplace.

Sending flowers to colleagues who have been with the company for many years is another popular trait within big and small corporations, especially if the colleague in question is celebrating a momentous work anniversary. These flowers will be seen as a special token of appreciation, sent to honour an employee’s time and association with the firm. You can team the fresh flowers with a fresh fruit basket or hamper. A personalized message from the CEO or VP of the business along with flowers will not only make the individual feel special, but it can also work wonders for morale and productivity.

What type of flowers to send?

Every bloom has a different meaning, so it’s important to do your research before sending a bouquet of blooms. For example, it’s wise to refrain from sending a bouquet of red roses to employees as these are often symbolic of romance and are best reserved for a romantic partner. It’s wise to steer clear of any blooms that could cause controversy. For best results, opt for a mixed flower bouquet brimming with yellow roses, tulips, daisies, or peonies.

It’s also a good idea to think about the tastes and needs of the recipient. For example, some of your colleagues may be allergic to flowers and their fragrance, which is when a potted plant or hamper is a better gift option.

Gifting flowers to the boss

When gifting blooms to your boss, it’s wise to avoid blooms that denote romantic feelings or feelings of sorrow or sadness. They should be a gift from the entire team and not just one person.

Sending flowers to a client/business partner

Many companies can be a little funny about sending gifts to clients and also about receiving gifts from clients. This is something you will often have to get signed off and declare. If you wish to send blooms to clients either congratulating them on personal achievement or alternatively accepting your business proposal, avoid anything that could be deemed too personal. A bunch of daisies or orchids is a great option. Online florists such as Serenata Flowers offer same and next day flower delivery and will deliver directly to your client’s office.

Maternity gifts to a co-worker:

If your co-worker happens to be expecting or has just had a baby, sending baby flowers is a great idea and one that is genuinely supported by most companies.

Conveying sympathy at work

This can be tricky, as the co-worker may not want the entire office to know what they are going through. If you share a personal bond with your colleague, it is always better to talk with them and to attend funeral services and send blooms directly there if required.

Get Well Soon flowers

Sending a beautiful get well bouquet of blooms to the home of a colleague that is unwell is a great way to give them a little pick me up. If they’ve had a serious injury and maybe off work for some time, it’s a nice reminder that others are thinking of them. Online florists such as Serenata Flowers offer same and next day delivery and you can send them directly to the recipient’s door.

It’s always a good idea to check the office policy before sending flowers, as that way you’ll know exactly where you stand.


Lily Calyx is our in-house flower whisperer, an expert on all things botanical and an enthusiastic orchids collector. She loves discussing the insights of the secret world of flowers, shares her gardening tips and hacks and moons over the latest additions to Serenata Flowers flower range. Ask Lily anything about flowers and we can guarantee she will have the answer.

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