Workplace celebrations are a simple way to make employees feel special and improve their feelings about their jobs. In addition to celebrating work accomplishments, take time to celebrate personal milestones, like birthdays. You don’t have to spend a lot of money or time on office birthday celebrations. Try one of these ideas.
Birthday Bulletin Board
Have a spare bulletin board in the office? Use it as a birthday display. If you have a large staff, do a monthly bulletin board that displays everyone whose birthday falls in that month. Put up a picture and a label with each person’s name and birth date on it. You can also put some fun facts about each person. For a smaller staff, you might dedicate the whole bulletin board to whoever has the next birthday. This is an easy recognition technique that really doesn’t cost much money.
Cake and Ice Cream
No birthday is complete without cake and ice cream. Bring in a cake or cupcakes when an employee has a birthday. If you have a small staff, celebrate each individual employee on her actual birthday. For a larger staff, have a monthly celebration that honors all of that month’s birthdays.
You don’t have to serve cake and ice cream. Any type of food celebration will do the trick. You might bring in donuts that day or organize a potluck where every employee brings food to share. Or cater in a lunch for each birthday.
Another option is to decorate the office or cubicle of an employee having a birthday. Balloons and streamers are inexpensive but add a decorative punch to an office space. Stick around after hours to handle the decorating or come in extra early the morning of the birthday so the decorations are in place by the time the employee arrives.
Don’t want to do a lot of work upfront? Give your employees special perks for their birthdays. You might give them an extra casual day to use when they want. Or designate a special birthday parking spot that the birthday person gets to use for a week. Choose something that your employees will really appreciate or that gives them a break from the daily grind.