Office workers may have to celebrate birthdays with discretion and good planning. Throwing a party in an office takes away time from work, and there may be more than one employee celebrating a birthday in one day. Having a set plan or a list of ideas of how to have a meaningful and productive office birthday celebration is the best way to be successful and mindful of the employer's time.
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Once a Month
Once a month the entire office can stop for 20 to 30 minutes to celebrate all the birthdays in that particular month. Use the break room or a large conference room where you can gather everyone at the same time. Provide a cake with the names of each individual you're celebrating. Before singing announce the names and the date of each person who has a birthday that month. Provide each individual with a small gesture from the office for the birthday such as a £6 gift card to a coffee shop, permission to come in late next Monday or small office supplies they can use for their job. Sing Happy Birthday, eat the cake and return to work.
Out to Lunch
If the company you work for is large, you may want to suggest taking the birthday guy or gal out for lunch. Make it a common ritual where everyone who goes out for the person's birthday splits the bill of the birthday person. This type of office birthday celebration doesn't require any time away from work and will be a treat for everyone involved. It will also provide an opportunity for co-workers to spend time together and relate outside the working environment.
After Hours Party
Hold an after hours party whenever someone is celebrating a birthday. This type of party works best for a smaller office that's close-knit. Plan a small party to celebrate the birthday directly after the workday. For example, if work ends at 4:30 p.m., plan the party to start at 4:35 p.m. to respect everyone's time and make it easy for many people to attend. An after hours party is less stressful because people can stay as long as they want. There's no pressure to make it short and to the point.
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