Celebrating an employee's 50th birthday is pretty important. This time in a person's life is critical to their future happiness. At 50, most people don't enjoy "Over the Hill" humour anymore and pranks should be relatively low-key in nature. The best course of action is to use bright colours and themes based on the employees hobbies. These will help make the day enjoyable and celebratory.
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Add the basics. Happy birthday signs, balloons and cards are a staple part of any birthday. These should be bright, colourful and visible. Be sure not to block access to the employee's terminal, though, or he may be required to remove the decorations early.
Apply glitter and silly string. Glitter is a good way to add some ambience to the cubicle, but only large sized glitter should be used to ease clean-up. Silly string allows for some entertainment with an extremely easy clean-up. Have workers in the cubicles around the employee spray a bottle into his cubicle every hour on the hour to remind him of the festivities.
Bring out the cake. The cake theme should be something significant to the employee, so ask his family and co-workers to contribute ideas. A funny theme cake is also a great choice. For example, the icing could spell "Happy 50th: 10 more years and you can leave!" or something similar.
Give the employee a special privilege, like an extra 15-minute break or the option of wearing casual clothing. The privilege should be something fun, but not distracting.
Tips and warnings
- Remember not to go too far. You could be expected to do the same for every employee's birthday which can really hurt productivity, and may get expensive.
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