Office Etiquette: Birthday Celebrations in the Office

It’s no fun to go to work on your birthday.  Here are a few fun things you can do around your office to make the birthday boy or girl actually enjoy coming to work on their special day.  Little things like remembering your coworkers birthdays can really go a long way.  This is a great way for everyone in your office to feel recognized and appreciated!  Do you know your boss’s birthday?
  • Have someone on your team collect everyone’s birthday and keep track of them for the year.  This person will be in charge of passing around cards to have people sign a few weeks before each birthday.
  • Decorate the birthday boy or girl’s office or door with streamers, balloons or post it notes (just don’t overdo it!:)
  • Go out to lunch and treat the birthday boy or girl.
  • Put a small budget aside to be able to have a cake or donuts every time a birthday rolls around.
  • Send a handwritten card to their home with a gift that the entire family can use (ex. movie tickets, sporting event tickets, gift card to a restaurant, etc.)
  • Let them leave early! :)
(Author’s note: It is my birthday today but I DON’T have to go into work.  Instead I am headed to Seattle for a friend’s wedding.  YAY! :) 
(Photo by Sakura)



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  1. Happy happy birthday!!

    In my office, we have a list of everyone's birthday and we send out a happy bday email copied to the whole floor so everyone knows…it's fun to get a lot of birthday wishes from all my colleagues!

  3. Cute ideas! Hope you had a great birthday! :)

  4. AG-Such a great idea! I love sending an email so everyone knows. Great idea! It is tons of fun to get birthday wishes as long as they don't embarrass you too much:)

    Megan and Holly-Thanks so much! I had a great day in Seattle with my husband!


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