How to wish your boss a happy birthday

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How to wish your boss a happy birthday
Wish your boss a Happy Birthday early in the day . (happy birthday image by Deborah Durbin from

Whether your office environment is formal or more casual, most offices celebrate joyous occasions like the boss's birthday. Many will solicit small collections between co-workers to purchase a card and one small gift for all co-workers to sign and give to the boss as the office sings "Happy Birthday". If this procedure does not occur in your office, it is still good form to wish your boss a heartfelt "Happy Birthday" and perhaps give him a professional card.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Dress in your most professional clothes. Keep your make up, perfume or cologne to a minimum.

  2. 2

    Call your boss's secretary to determine if an appointment will be needed when you begin work. Show up at the appointment time.

  3. 3

    Walk into your boss's office smiling and say, "I heard it was your birthday today and came by to wish you a Happy Birthday in person. Have you been enjoying your special day so far?"

  4. 4

    Pause and wait for response. Ask your boss, "Do your have any specials plans to celebrate?"

  5. 5

    Listen to the answer. Smile and say, "That sound like fun. I sincerely hope you enjoy your birthday. I don't want to take up anymore of your time, so I will get back to my work. Once again, have a great birthday."

  6. 6

    Smile and leave your boss's office.

Tips and warnings

  • Asking for an appointment lets your boss know that you value his time.
  • Don't overstay your welcome.

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