Post # 1
I mean in the context of not letting people (acquaintances, coworkers) know that it’s your birthday or some other celebration is going on?
For some reason I really hate the contrived and forced birthday/other events celebrations with people I don’t really care to celebrate with. I’d rather go unnoticed at work than have people buy me a birthday cake or have the dreaded experience of 30 people sing Happy Birthday to me.
It’s my birthday today and I’m at work. I’m surrounded by 40+ people who I see every single day who have no idea it’s my birthday. I specifically took it off the google calendar that everyone has access to, and for some reason I feel like it’s my own happy little secret! Does that make me weird?
Anyone else try to avoid these situations? Why or why not?
Have any funny or awkward stories?
Post # 3
@mrs_narwhal: My office is small (7 ladies) and we always go out to lunch for someone’s birthday… But we do not sing! I would hate that!
Post # 4
I don’t share my birthday at work. I feel awkward celebrating with anyone that isnt close to me.
Post # 5
@mrs_narwhal: I’m the birthday coordinator at my office… ha so I usually get overlooked when it comes to be birthday time.
As a side note, they might feel bad when / if they find out it’s your birthday!
Post # 6
@mrs_narwhal: I’m the same way. I usually take off work on my birthday as a vacation day anyway since it’s in the summer. I definitely prefer to lay low at work!
Post # 7
I work at a small business [well, the business sevices ALOT of people, but is run by only around 35 crew members], anyway, birthdays NEVER go by without one of us noticing.. we have everyone’s birthday written on a calander in sharpie, so it’s not coming off!
We always do cake & icecream.
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas
Happy birthday!! Sorry you have to spend it at work.
I guess I am an attention whore when it comes to my birthday. I let everyone know!
Post # 10
@sugar_biscuit: In a more intimate office, I can see why you’d want to celebrate!
Post # 11
@mrs_narwhal: I don’t shout it out for all to hear haha. I really only talk to one girl about my birthday because her is 4 days before mine, but I also have most co-workers on facebook too, so they see it then. If they remember and say happy birthday-fine by me, if they don’t-fine by me!
Recently though my upcoming wedding has gotten around at work. I haven’t mentioned it at work, but again- most are on my facebook and know about it and 3 girls from work at attending so they will bring it up at work. But I was surprised the other day when two older women brought it up to me in 2 seperate conversations like “so…are you really getting married ?” I forgot to ask them how they knew though..i’m curious because they don’t work with the ‘group’ that does know.
Post # 12
@thenewmrsmax: That’s how I feel too! I guess at this current place of employment I feel that way.. it might be different if I were somewhere else.
@Sunfire: I wish it was summer! Taking off a day in cold January doesn’t seem like too much fun for me! Thanks for the Birthday wishes.
@MissMay3003: That’s so nice you get to coordinate others birthdays… sucks that yours gets missed! You should coordinate a huge party for yours! hahaha
@jenilynevette: I work for a huge university, so it’s a lot more impersonal. At the new job that I start at in March, there will only be a few of us, so I’m hoping we can celebrate eachother’s birthdays.
Post # 13
my supervisor brings bagels in for everyone’s birthday.
no one sings. there are only 10 of us so it is not really a big deal.
Post # 14
@mrs_narwhal: I’m the same way! I don’t want to really celebrate my birthday or anything else with my co-workers. Mainly because we’re not super close and I feel like it’s always a forced thing.
The partner in our group mentioned in passing doing a bridal shower for me, and honestly, I’m hoping she forgets! I just don’t really feel comfortable having something like that with people that I wouldn’t hang out with outside of the office. They threw a baby shower for one of the other co-workers and, even though I didn’t want to, I went and bought a rather nice present. No thank you note, no acknowledgement, no nothing from the mother-to-be. I mean, if I’ve got to go to something like that, and buy a gift no less, I expect at least a little thank you card. Guess that’s a whole different subject though lol!
Post # 15
@mrs_narwhal: First of all: Happy birthday! Secondly: I’m in the same “can we pretend today isn’t my birthday please” boat. And there’s a snow storm today so I’m regretting my decision to not take off for two reasons.
It’s mainly annoying because it means I get to spend the day fielding questions about my dietary restrictions (I can’t eat gluten) which everyone gets super curious about, then promptly forgets until the next holiday rolls around and I don’t eat what everyone else has. At least this year HR remembered and did a gluten free cake so I can eat something.
Post # 16
Yep, work celebrations can be awkward and feel very contrived. In the past when I’ve had good relationships with my coworkers, sure, but in my current workplace… um, no. I’ll be keeping it a secret this year!
Nothing wrong with celebrating on the Bee 🙂 Have a great birthday!!!