Post # 1
Curious… Do you like to do gift exchanges, birthdays, bridal showers anything like that at work?
I hate it, i was always taught (dont know who by, i think my mom) that you dont do personal things like that at work. At the job im at now (have been here for 2 years in July) in our small department of 5 people, they get a gift/gifts and do lunch for everyones birthdays, which is very nice of them to do, but noone really likes each other so it is always akward and weird everytime… we just do it cause thats how this company has always done it before. And for xmas we draw names from a hat and do a gift exchange. Same thing we have a lunch and all open our gifts together, I know it seems nice but noone really gets anything they like, its just something generic with no thought cause, again, noone really likes each other.
So do you like to do things like this at work?
Post # 3
We like to do things like that at where I work. But they instituted a rule that if you want to do something for your birthday you have to initiate it. No one can throw something for you.
Post # 4
We used to surprise the birthday person with cupcakes/cake and a card. But then our department was combined with a few others and it was just too much to have cupcakes every week for someone’s day. So they started doing it once a month.
Now our department is smaller and I’m the only one who eats cake (everyone else is on weight watchers) so there are no more birthday cupcakes or ice cream 🙁
Post # 5
We have cake at the end of the month for people who had birthdays in that month. There’s cake even if there were no birthdays, though.
We’re also doing a Secret Santa at work this coming week with a $15 limit, it was optional to participate.
Post # 6
birthdays, we have monthly company meetings and have cake but individual departments are ok to do their own on the day but the company wont fund the cake purchase
christmas, we have an optional employee secret santa/kris kringle so names are drawn out of a hat and you buy a $20 gift and we swap at our christmas party – had ours last night, lots of fun
Post # 7
We don’t really do any of that in our office… though after hours birthday HHs and showers are fun.
Post # 8
Our work environment is so not the typical office type, we are a small animal hospital with a fairly large staff (~30 part time/full time) but we are a really close-knit team. For birthdays, the birthday person will pick an evening/restaurant to have dinner and as many people as can make it will show up. A friend and I host an opt-in secret santa every year…. Oh, and there’s almost always someone pregnant and there’s always some type of work only baby shower for them. It’s a lot more like one big group of friends working together than every person doing their own thing, so it’s hard to compare to the typical office environment.