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I think somewhere it says that "always make the boss look good". Or at least, not bad (no matter how much you want to).
But that reminds me: I went to a meeting once with users to discuss "enhancements" (to the software I wrote), while the little cretin I was with filed the requests as a "bug report". I told him what was on my mind.
It was only in wine that he laid down no limit for himself, but he did not allow himself to be confused by it.
― Confucian Analects: Rules of Confucius about his food
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but HR being involved is always a bad thing. If you are lucky, you will be put on a Performance Improvement Plan which is a very serious reprimand. If unlucky, it likely means you will be sacked. In either case, you should immediately be updating your CV/resume and visiting all of the relevant job boards.
Only once in my working life, when I was out of the country for my birthday (one with a 0 at the end). When I arrived back my desk had been "decorated". But very few people I ever worked with made a thing of it.
kids dream about getting older,
young adults realising they made it waste a lot of time getting drunk (thus forgetting why they did it),
older adults wonder why they bothered,
older folks consider it their biggest mistake.
I avoid birthdays, particularly my own.
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For my 40th, it did: champagne, cards, and speeches - that kind of thing.
If I recall correctly, mine was along the lines of "I understand that now I've reached 40, I'm supposed to chasing anyone in a skirt. Please shoot me if you see that happening?"
(Mostly a dig at the General Manager who was "seeing" one of the ladies in the order phone pool)
"I have no idea what I did, but I'm taking full credit for it." - ThisOldTony
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We have a tradition that the birthday person brings some kind of snack, like cake. It only really works in smaller offices though. For next year the manager has come up with a new idea - we all give a bit of money each month and then at the end of the month we have a little celebration for whoever had their birthday that month.
We had a new HR person who made a big deal of peoples birthdays, that didn't last very long.
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