Corporate Birthday Cards To Keep Team Spirit High

by Henry L. on February 7, 2013

I recently had a strange occurrence at my place of employment regarding sending out corporate birthday cards. I am a new manger at a fairly large company. I have about twenty people under my guidance who are all skilled professionals, so, in order to help keep spirits up, I decided to start a monthly celebration for all birthdays occurring in the month. We would meet at a predetermined time each month and have some sort of dessert, like a cake or ice cream. So, the first month I tried this I had everything planned, and I called my team over to the meeting area, it seems that almost everyone was pleasantly surprised, please note, that I said almost everyone. There happened to be three birthdays to celebrate this month and I had three separate birthday cards ready to go.

Now, as I started to welcome everybody and explain that this would be a monthly celebration, and I saw a employee slowly start to back away and appear to hide, I didn’t think anything of it. When it was time to announce the birthdays, I call the first and second one without a hitch, and when I call the third, there is no response and I find out that this was the woman that was sneaking away. Well, I didn’t want to push the issue, so I let it go. We ate cake, talked and returned to our work area. I took this time to call the employee into my office where the woman laughed nervously and said, “I’m turning 40 and I’m having a hard time celebrating!”

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Ann February 14, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Aww, that poor employee! Hitting that milestone is hard for lots of people. Luckily, I haven’t yet reached an age when I’ve cared about the number of candles on my birthday cake…and I hope I never do!

Heather R. March 4, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Makes me wonder how she would have felt if she wasn’t invited to participate in the Birthday celebration.

As far as I’m concerned, age is a state of mind. You’re as “old” as you feel ….. and think.

Heather R. March 4, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Makes me wonder how she would have felt if she wasn’t invited to participate in the Birthday celebration.

As far as I’m concerned, age is a state of mind. You’re as “old” as you feel ….. and think.

Deanna March 15, 2013 at 10:20 am

As someone who does not like being the center of attention, I can relate to the employee turning 40. Cards and well wishes I can appreciate, but not in front of a group of people!

Here’s hoping I make that next milestone birthday without a struggle!

Deanna March 15, 2013 at 10:20 am

As someone who does not like being the center of attention, I can relate to the employee turning 40. Cards and well wishes I can appreciate, but not in front of a group of people!

Here’s hoping I make that next milestone birthday without a struggle!

Keith June 20, 2013 at 1:23 pm

That’s a bit extreme. No one cares about your age more than you do. You should celebrate it with the people you work with everyday.

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