Celebrating birthdays in the workplace is a great way to create a positive environment and form productive relationships between colleagues. Every organization does things differently, but I think it is important to implement a “birthday celebration” policy that works for your business. It’s also important to note that you don’t have to have a large budget to celebrate. There are many different and thoughtful things you can do to that don’t cost anything. Below are some ideas that I have either come up with or experienced and enjoyed.
5 Little to No Cost Tips to Celebrate Birthdays at Work
- Schedule a lunch for everyone in the office on the employee’s birthday. Depending on your organizations budget you could either have a pizza party, don’t forget to look for coupons, or if there isn’t much of a budget a pot luck is a great way to save money. Another fun tip is find out what the Birthday Employee’s favorite type of food is; Mexican, Italian or American then tell everyone the theme for the pot luck lunch.
- A card seems like such a small thing, but I think they go a long way and always put a smile on my face. It is an inexpensive method to show your fellow co-worker that you care. You can even go as far as making your own card for an extra personal touch.
- Who doesn’t love birthday cake? Why not instead of spending a bunch at the local grocery store, include everyone and have a bake off. This is a great way to encourage friendly competition and save money too!
- The usual birthday celebration at work is cake, singing, and food. To add something different into the festivities how about play a game with everyone on the team. To keep cost down bring in a board game, deck of cards, or even create your own. It’s important to take a break to have fun and celebrate, whether you do it once a month, once a quarter or on the individual’s birthday.
- Last but not least, giving perks to the individual whose birthday it is makes them feel special and excited to come in to work on their day. A couple ideas would be to allow them to; wear casual Friday clothes even if it’s not Friday, take an extra long lunch, park in the front of the building or even work from home half a day.
These are just a few tips I’ve come up with, I would love to hear what your organization does to celebrate birthdays. I know work can get hectic, but taking the time to appreciate your employees on their special day can help boost office morale as well as produce happy employees. Birthday’s are a great opportunity to recognize your staff, but don’t forget that once a year isn’t enough. Make sure your employees feel appreciated and important on a daily basis.