Business Birthday Cards And Yummy Treats

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I’ll never forget one of my employees, Gretchen. She certainly was a spark plug in the office; always laughing and enjoying her time with fellow co-workers. However, one mention of her birthday always ticked her off because she hated to think about getting older. She already dyed her hair to keep the grays at bay, and loved her spa days to minimize wrinkling. Gretchen even claimed that her birthday was February 29 just so she didn’t have to deal with it every single year! As the good boss that I am, I knew her little trick and I let it slide, not trying to blow her cover. However, I was planning on going through my slew of business birthday cards in order to find the perfect one for her. That of course, was just the beginning.

As a boss, I do like to keep things very professional. However, I don’t want my employees to feel like they are in prison. I let them chat amongst themselves during downtime, and I like to surprise them with little gestures from time to time, such as corporate greeting cards congratulating them on a job well done, or free lunch or dessert. My grandmother always made my birthday feel special, and I like to convey those same feelings to everyone, including my colleagues.

Now you know why I was somewhat upset for Gretchen’s lack of enthusiasm toward her own special day. I knew I had some work cut out for me, so I did some investigating and found out she could never pass up a piece of scrumptious red velvet cake. My friend, Bobby, owned an award winning bakery. I walked over, told my buddy about my dilemma and pulled out my camera. I took a picture of Bobby holding a piece of red velvet cake with Gretchen’s name on it- literally. I printed out the picture at my desk (thank you technology, or else I would’ve needed by 1980’s Polaroid), placed it within the birthday card, explained that she had a treat waiting for her, and signed my name.

I slyly gave Gretchen the card on her birthday (April 14, NOT February 29), and she glared at me while I grinned. Later that day, she surprised me with a lovely thank you card written with pretty gold foil. I started laughing hysterically when I opened the card- inside was a picture with Gretchen devouring her cake. Underneath she had written, “Don’t worry- I ate a piece for you too!”

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Tessa February 14, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Ha, that was so sneaky…I love it! You found a great way to recognize Gretchen’s birthday but still respect her aversion to celebrating it. Well done!

Zoe February 19, 2013 at 9:46 am

Well done, Kayla. I find that baked goods – especially really good red velvet baked goods – are the solution to a lot of dilemmas. Can I give you my boss’s direct number in time for my next birthday?

Ramona February 28, 2013 at 1:27 pm

There are like 6 people in my department. To celebrate birthdays we used to buy one card from the group and everyone would sign it. Then we decided to each get our own card and that really makes a difference. Instead of having just one card displayed on the desk, the birthday person now has 5. It makes them feel more special and we love to gather round and read all of the different cards.

Tamara March 14, 2013 at 2:25 pm

I say well done to Gretchen! You ate that cake like a champ and gave it right back! I will be 29 Forever.

Loretta March 16, 2013 at 10:09 pm

I don’t understand these people who have an aversion to their birthday. Just because they don’ t announce it doesn’t mean that they aren’t getting one year older every year. They might as well enjoy the celebration and recognition.

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