Yesterday was my birthday.
It got me thinking about the wave of employers moving away from celebrating or even recognizing employees on their birthdays – yet it’s one of the easiest and best morale boosters to practice.
Surprisingly and sadly, many employers have declared the economy has forced brutal budget cuts that won’t allow them to continue office celebrations and so they have dropped the practice of recognizing employees on their birthdays.
The menial expenses related to birthday celebrations do not justify budget cut reasoning. This is especially true for those employers who have implemented raise freezes.
Morale is bad, so let’s make it worse?
Morale is down in this economy. Raise freezes, layoffs, increased workloads, and personal economic hardships from sinking home values, high gas prices, even natural disasters, and more are just a few of the daily negative arrows shooting at the working class in this unsure economic environment.
Add to it the additional workloads placed upon staff from the holes left by layoffs and budget cuts and it’s a tough act to play.
Yes, at least they have a job, they say. That’s a lousy philosophy in my book.
These tough times make it more important than ever to show even more appreciation for employees whose extra efforts and loyalty are keeping you afloat in these tougher times!
Gimme a break!
Any positive break in the day, especially in reference to appreciation and recognition, will not only make for a lighter day, but will also serve to boost morale and loyalty well after the occasion is over.
Teamwork is tough without a team
The emphasis on teamwork has diminished due to the holes left from layoffs and cutbacks. The remaining employees have increased workloads , additional administrative responsibilities, and have minimal opportunities for even having a team to work with on projects.
An office get-together can offer opportunities to revisit company association and loyalty to the mission. Those are also prime opportunities for department heads or even CEOs to say a few reassuring words in these times of insecurity.
Come on… The expression is “Happy” birthday, right? Is you office or store family “happy”? Put some happiness back in the air with birthday cakes.