Irish companies ignoring workers’ birthdays

Fewer than half of Irish companies acknowledge their employees’birthdays, according to a new survey by leading provider of office supplies, Viking.

Fewer than half of Irish companies acknowledge their employees’birthdays, according to a new survey by leading provider of office supplies, Viking.

Yet almost 80% of office workers say they would appreciate their birthday being celebrated in the workplace, with the majority citing a day-off as the most sought-after gesture.

Three-quarters of workers admit to going on a big night out to celebrate their birthday, despite having to be in work the following morning.

The survey of office workers, carried out to help celebrate Viking’s 18th birthday in Ireland, revealed that 55% of birthday celebrations are paid for by colleagues chipping in together, with almost half of office workers contributing over €10. 1 in 10 employees provide their own birthday cake.

With staff working ever longer hours, the ‘gift’ of a day off was the preferred choice of respondents (38%), ahead of a small bonus (27%), birthday cakes (17%) and flowers (10%).

“Employers would do well to take note of these findings,” commented Michael Walby, Director of Viking in Ireland. “For the cost of just a simple cake or flowers, marking an employee’s birthday can mean a lot in terms of improving office morale and thus productivity.”