Commemorating birthdays in the workplace is an excellent way to create a friendly environment. It is important to craft an appropriate birthday message that carries your best wishes to your co-worker without creating any awkward feelings. You may want to consider keeping a calendar of all your co-workers' birthdays to avoid leaving anybody out.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Check with your company's HR department for any policies related to recognising birthdays in the workplace.
Purchase a work-appropriate birthday card. Avoid questionable topics, images and jokes. Keep the topic light and do not purchase an insulting card.
Research common birthday card sayings if you are unfamiliar with them. Most grocery stores or chemists will have a large section of birthday cards you can read through at no cost.
Begin the birthday card with a greeting that includes your co-worker's name. Consider beginning with "Happy birthday," followed by the name, or simply writing the name at the top left-hand corner of the card.
Write a thoughtful message congratulating your co-worker. This message can be brief and to the point. Try something similar to "I hope you have a fantastic birthday."
Keep the birthday card for your co-worker upbeat. Wish her all the best for this birthday and many to come. If your co-worker has had a difficult year, applaud his strength and include an encouraging message.
Personalise your co-worker's birthday wishes. If she is having a party or he is taking a vacation to commemorate the birthday, mention it in the card and express your wishes for an enjoyable time.
Tailor your message to the type of relationship you have with your co-worker. If you are not close, a basic message is appropriate. If you are good friends, you can include inside jokes and references.
Use different coloured pens and stickers to spice up your co-worker's birthday card. Use her favourite colours, or decorations related to his interests or job.
Tips and warnings
- Many offices buy co-workers one card and have the entire office sign it. This is a great way to save money and really fill out a birthday card.
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