I heard rumor of this two hour meeting wherein the managers and directors went back and forth about how we should celebrate birthdays and anniversaries in the office. Finally, after going around and around about it, they decided that every staff person would get a card at the monthly staff meeting and there would be one cake or cupcakes for all the birthdays in that month at that meeting. No special parties for particularly popular staff members. No individual celebrations involving sweets and singing within departments. They wanted it to be fair.
Shortly after this decision was reached, my birthday happened. I spent the entire day wondering what the hell was going on because I got nothing- no card, no cake, no singing. As an Aries and an egomaniac in the making, this did not sit well with me. Around 4:30pm, my supervisor came by my office and gave me a small gift and card from her. By that point I was over it and ready to leave to celebrate with my “real friends.”
I later found out about the executive level decision. A decision that has never been made public to the entire office. A decision that is NOT being followed. The best part? The department that consistently has cake and singing and little parties in their office without inviting anyone in the office? The Administration Department!
They don’t even close the door when they have their party! They laugh and joke and sing off key while letting the smell of the cake waft into the cubicles without inviting anyone outside of their department. Soon after they’ve demolished the cake, they send out an email inviting us to dine on their leftovers which they will graciously (snort!) be left in the mail room.
I’m long since over the fact that I got the birthday shaft but seriously, this is complete bullshit. It’s a running joke among my coworkers- hey, whose birthday is next in Admin? At this point we’re placing bets on how much time it will take between the festivities and the email announcing left over cake. It is just salt in the proverbial wound that the department who breaks “the rule” is the very department in charge of the administration of the agency.
I think I will throw myself a big birthday bash in my cubicle but only invite the people in my department. I think I’ll even bring booze. That’ll show ’em.
Does anything like this happen at your work?