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Published on May 23rd, 2014 | by admin

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How To Recognise A Workplace Birthday

The reaction of a Premier League football star to his employer failing to acknowledge his birthday this week may have been somewhat exaggerated, however the extensive media coverage that this apparent oversight has caused does raise the question: What should be the etiquette of all those work place birthdays?

In some work environments, there is a designated person in the team who keeps track of all colleague birthday dates in a diary or wall planner which is certainly a help.

To some degree, the extent to which a colleague celebrates their birthday at work depends on the celebrator themselves.

Whilst arranging and circulating a birthday card to be signed by everyone is a relatively straight forward ritual, organising a present may require a little more thought and co-ordination.

Money collections undertaken discreetly are also par for the course but it often leaves everyone with a dilemma: to chip in or not to chip in and how much?

When it comes to the birthday cake, the most commonly held view would seem to be that it is the responsibility of the individual celebrating their birthday to provide a cake plus plates and cutlery so that everyone can enjoy a slice over a cup of tea.

Perhaps different rules apply when it comes to the boss? In this instance perhaps it is then best left to the employees to undertake some team brown-nosing and present their boss with a birthday cake as well as a present and card.

Some other nice thoughtful touches which are sure to be well received to celebrate a colleagues’ workplace birthday to consider are baking cookies or cupcakes to bring to work or decorating their desk with balloons to greet their arrival.

As was clearly the issue this week at Manchester City, if there isn’t a designated person who deals with birthdays, it may not be the happy occasion it should be!

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