04 Jul Celebrating a Birthday at the Office
There were probably at least a few of us who watched The Office when Steve Carell played the character of Michael Scott and hilariously blundered his way through his head management position at Dunder Mifflin. And if you watched the show, you probably remember that painfully funny episode when they celebrated Meredith’s birthday. If you’re looking for some better alternatives for celebrating employee birthdays at your office, here are some suggestions we hope you’ll enjoy.
Get something that will spring out of their drawer when they open it. Send them on a birthday scavenger hunt all over the office to retrieve the stuff that’s missing from their desk drawers. And hey, it’s never a bad idea to create a HAPPY BIRTHDAY screen saver that will be the first thing they see when they turn their computer on in the morning.
Get all of your employees to leave a voicemail and call on their private work line after they’ve gone home the day before. And instead of just saying the standard, “Happy Birthday,” have them share a favorite memory with that person. Maybe it’s the time they answered the phone with the wrong phrase because they were thinking of something else, or the laugh that was shared after a really awkward interview.
Allow them five paid hours, for FREE! On the week that their birthday falls, allow them to come in an hour later than normal. As an alternative to having to be there at 8:00, let them come in at 9:00, but pay them for that extra hour anyway.
Write it down. In today’s world, people seldom take the time to prepare something with a pen anymore. Often our communications are over text or email, or we might send a simple e-card. Say that you care by having everyone in the office write their birthday greetings down, and then find a fun way to compile the wishes.
Take a bite to eat. Learn what their favorite breakfast joint is, or the place they always go with lunch. You can close down the office and take everyone out to eat, or just order takeout and have everyone come to the break room to enjoy some downtime. Don’t fail to remember to order a cake, too.
Have some entertainment. Everybody collaborates, but it isn’t very often that people get to disconnect from the norm and get to know each other a little more informally. Get a coach with us and get everyone for an activity: go bowling, mini golfing, to the movie, or just out to eat.
Present a gift. As a final action, put together a gift. Get some of their favorite treats. Give them a gift certificate to the top local steak house. Get some movie admissions. Buy them some flowers. Whichever it is, simply recalling will mean a lot.
After that time you’re seeking to celebrate birthdays in your office, we wish all of these suggestions will help you prevent repeating something akin to Michael’s class act. And hey, we hope they furnish some fun and laughter, too with our Boston Massachusetts party bus.