Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

How to Handle Birthday Parties in the Workplace

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

How to Handle Birthday Parties in the Workplace

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Q: My staff seems to be having a problem with birthday celebrations. These used to be handled by a birthday committee, but that ended a couple of years ago. Since then, there has been no formal recognition of birthdays in the office. However, some people like to surprise their friends by bringing a cake to share.

I was recently advised that employees who never receive a cake are feeling left out, and it was suggested that we stop celebrating birthdays altogether. Personally, I don't see why anyone should feel excluded simply because other people get cake from their friends. After all, these goodies are shared with everyone. What's your opinion?

A: Since you seem to be missing the point, I'm wondering whether you were one of those kids who was chosen first for every team and always asked to prom early. The fact is that these gatherings for cake have become popularity contests in which those with good friends have their special day recognized, while others go unacknowledged. …

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