Things to Say in Coworkers' Birthday Cards

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Things to Say in Coworkers' Birthday Cards
Give a co-worker a card to wish them a happy birthday. (Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Celebrating birthdays in the office not only makes employees feel appreciated but boosts employee morale as well. Whether the office is throwing a party for an employee or only purchasing a card for them, choosing the right words to say can be challenging. To find the best words for a co-worker's birthday card, consider using humour, poetry or sentimental words.


Make a co-worker laugh with a joke on their birthday. You can try writing a knock-knock joke using office humour, for example. Alternately, you can write a funny story that is office-appropriate as well. Inside jokes are also appropriate for a birthday card if you have a good relationship with the co-worker. However, if you choose to use humour, avoid ethnic jokes or those that can be construed as harassment by other coworkers.


Write your co-worker a short poem to say happy birthday to him. You can write a simple poem like "Roses are red, Violets are blue; I am sure am glad to have a co-worker like you." A haiku poem, which consist of lines that are five, seven and five syllables respectively, can be a fun addition to a birthday card. You can write, "Boss likes you I think/You are sure to get a raise/Someday soon this year," for example. No matter the style, a poem can be a fun and creative addition to any birthday card.

Sentimental Words

Use a birthday as an opportunity to express gratitude or appreciation for a co-worker. You can thank her for all of her hard work, for example, or praise her for her growth you have witnessed over the years. If you have shared special memories with a co-worker, write a message such as "I remember when we stayed late every night for a month working on the Frazier account. I sure am glad we became great friends because of it."

Other Considerations

Other members of the office may see the words you write in a co-worker's birthday card. Therefore, avoid writing a message that is overly personal or uses dirty humour. This is especially true if you are signing a group card for your co-worker. Lastly, if you are unsure of what to say, a simple, "Happy birthday, John. I wish you well in coming years" will suffice as well.

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