I worked for the same company for 15 years and never heard of business birthday cards. Over the years I’d received a lot of notices like: there would be no more profit sharing, 401k matching was over, you will now pay for your own healthcare, and there would be no raises this year. That one I’ve actually gotten 3 years in a row. A cheery card of any kind would have been so out of character.
Friends would always tell me to move on, get a new job. They’d give me leads and contacts but I always had some kind of excuse. My father worked for the same company from high school to retirement, and I guess I always thought that was a great accomplishment. And it is, if it’s a company that treats you with respect.
One day they stopped providing free coffee in the office. No notice, there just wasn’t any more. After a couple days someone asked about it. It was a cost cutting measure, sorry. Not so much as a heads up for the people who expect to get a cup in the morning when they come in. Like me, for instance.
Well, that was it. Now they’re messing with my coffee. I told a friend I was serious about getting out, and within a month I had a new job.
You know, it’s tough all over, and a lot of businesses are feeling the pinch. And big companies can be a little cold anyway. Where I work now is better all around. They even send out birthday cards. On your desk, right on your birthday, personally signed by the Company president. I get cards for Christmas and Thanksgiving, too. Last week I got a congratulations card for the new house we bought. Call me old fashioned, but it really makes me feel appreciated. It looks like I’ll be staying put for a while.