Office Birthday Parties: Dos and Don’ts

Office birthday parties are a great way to boost employee morale and workplace happiness. That said, there are a few things to keep in mind in order to ensure the event goes smoothly. From planning ahead to being inclusive, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind as you plan the next office birthday party.

Plan Ahead

If you are going to host a company-wide party, the first thing you need to do is make sure your employees are available on the day of the party. You should use a shared calendar for this so everyone knows what’s happening with their schedule and if they have any conflicts. It’s also important to check with managers before scheduling a company-wide office birthday party in order to avoid the event interfering with important projects or meetings. If there’s no way around this, consider having another date in mind that might work better for everyone involved.

Sign a Card

A simple but nice way to recognize an employee on their birthday is to create a group card that everyone in the organization signs. This can be anything from a personalized, handmade card to an e-card if there are many employees working remotely. While gifts are always a nice gesture, it’s important to remember that you need to recreate this experience for each employee on their birthday. Keep the budget in mind and perhaps opt for something simpler instead!

Provide Treats

When it comes to planning your office birthday party, food is a big part of the celebration. In fact, you’ll want to make sure that everyone gets something they can eat and enjoy. However, this can be difficult when some people have dietary restrictions or allergies. The best way to ensure everyone will get something tasty is by providing a variety of treats in different forms—and ask employees to reach out with any dietary restrictions prior to the event.

If you plan on having several different types of food available at your event (as opposed to just one or two), you may want to create a buffet table in the breakroom with an assortment of snacks in bowls and platters so employees can easily access what they’d like.

Try these tips at the next office birthday party!

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