Bad news. And it’s not even Brexit-related. Two weeks ago, the Royal College of Surgeons denounced cakes at work. They encourage overeating, tooth decay and contribute to obesity. Who’d have guessed? “I’m not saying we need to ban such treats….
But has anyone ever really thought about just how much of a minefield office birthday card signing really is? Just writing, ‘Regards, Steve.’ can carry frightening undertones and be severely misinterpreted.
Let’s delve a little deeper into the three steps of birthday card signing.
Can your colleagues smell a secret from a mile off? Offices with a more open culture, or open plan, will have trouble keeping it schtum. So what do you do?
Secret hand signal
Pointed stare, mime writing on hand, mime book with both hands, point at unsuspecting birthday colleague, do best fish impression (just because birthday colleague is now looking over.
The under-the-desk pass
Saunter over to your colleague. Keep cool. Feign interest in their screen. Whilst colleague looks alarmed at your sudden attentions, they’ll experience palpable relief when comically oversized card is placed on their lap.
Tensions are dispelled when your embarrassed colleague saves the card ‘til later and you all have a celebratory slice of cake (or a kale chip or two if your office is leading the trendy healthy office eating revolution and phasing out the ‘very last year’ tradition of office cake. Inclusive after-work bonding can be good for the team, not just the recently-carded. And then there’s always your birthday to look forward to…
What’s that? It’s on the week end?
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