Even with a small staff, someone will likely have a baby at some point. You don’t have to do an all-out baby shower at the office, but you can recognize the major life event with a workplace celebration for the expectant parents. Here are some ways to do it.
Conference Room Celebration
Gather all of the employees in a conference room for a little celebration for the mom-to-be. Don’t worry about planning all those silly shower games. They aren’t necessary at the office. Instead, have a celebratory cake or lunch in celebration of the upcoming birth. The guest list for most baby showers only includes women, but you can include the men in the office for this casual get-together.
If you have a close staff who all want to contribute, consider giving a group gift. Everyone contributes an amount they feel comfortable with which goes toward one large group gift. If you go with this option, don’t pressure anyone to contribute. Some may not have the extra money. Others may simply not feel like contributing. One option is to pass around an envelope so staff can put in however much they feel is enough. No one knows how much anyone else contributed or even if they contributed.
The baby registry is a good place to look when buying the group gift. Once you’ve collected and counted all of the money, take a look a the registry. Look for a larger item, such as a car seat or changing table, that fits within the budget based on how much you collected. You get to help a colleague check off a large item without anyone shelling out too much money.
Another option to celebrate a co-worker’s pregnancy is with an off-site baby shower outside of regular work hours. This option works best if you want to do more of a traditional shower. Because you aren’t on the clock, the shower can last longer. You also have more flexibility on the type of activities you do since you aren’t restricted to the space available at the office. This option is best for employees who are close and want to throw a full shower.