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Do You Like Workplace Traditions?

Your Two Cents: Are You a Fan of Workplace Traditions?

H&M's design department in Stockholm, Sweden has a long-standing tradition of eating homemade cake on Fridays. The designers take turns baking at home and then bring the goodies to share at work.

Most offices have their own traditions to promote a sense of camaraderie among employees and give the workplace more of a family feel. These can range from scheduled traditions like H&M's cake day, or more sporadic ones like passed birthday cards for everyone to sign.


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keiraz keiraz 9 years
we just bought baton saleee and a huge bag of chips darn it was I hungry lol
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 9 years
My office does "snacks" at the monthly all-staff meetings (about 75 people). Sounds nice, but it's mandatory and assigned to a different group each month. It's out of the employee's pockets. Also, putting on an healthy, fun, attractive and seasonally appropriate buffet is sort of expected--usually including table decorations. Hey, they're not my family, and there are only a few of them that I actually even like. Boo!
omlove omlove 9 years
Im not too keen on B'day celebrations and team outings can be quite a pain. In my previous workplace, we used to have regular team outings. I just want to work personal time is my personal time...i dont want to spend it with colleagues. I may not want to go coz im just having a rough day...just hated explaining myself. And also it goes against you during appraisals....
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 9 years
i like cake as much as the next girl, but i dislike most office traditions. leave me alone! i just want to work!
cvandoorn cvandoorn 9 years
That cake looks good! I don't care about office traditions...if people want to bring food and celebrate something, cool! If not, then I don't have a problem with it either. I used to work for a hotel in the executive office and the kitchen staff would sneak me stuff every day! :) Now that was good.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i'm really not a fan. see i like things that are special, but i feel like when you're forced to do something, it takes the fun out of it. say for example you don't like to bake or you're having a rough week and you have to have something to bring for the friday's more stress than you need...and it's not fun anymore.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
1st of all, what kind of cake is that? It looks so good! ...and yeah I love workplace traditions. I used to work at a place that ordered us fresh bagels every Friday. How can you not like that? Other places I've worked we get a birthday cake, take them to lunch, and get them a going away present for when they leave. Sometimes its the cheesy little things like that that are the only moments when you get to talk to your co-workers, and ask them about their lives.
megnmac megnmac 9 years
My office has blue shirt Fridays. We are so lame, but it is seriously something I've loved about us from the time I started working there and the boss said offhand, 'oh yeah, people wear blue on Fridays.' Because they're almost all men and attorneys wear white or blue shirts. So we're all blue on Fridays. They do question me and my introduction of navy as a shade of blue, and teal. It is just something unofficial and random that started at some point that we do. And most of us go to lunch on Fridays as an office. Also, we walk to the Circle K every morning around 9. 'We' being the attorneys who want caffeine and aren't trapped in court around 9. We talk work, but it gets us out of our offices and talking for a little bit.
girlie871 girlie871 9 years
ive never worked at a place that had traditions or anything like it. it sounds nice though maybe someday!
DreaAST DreaAST 9 years
i think its good for bonding. this cake looks so good!
nancita nancita 9 years
At my old office, we had a couch that got passed down over the years from female editors to other female employees (because it was a male-heavy office). That was kinda cool, if totally unofficial. But I can do without birthday celebrations.
ehadams ehadams 9 years
We have Bagel Day once a month- too bad not every Friday!
wrngco wrngco 9 years
NO i hate everybody at my work so the snack club, birthday club and I just don't want to eat other people's food ewwwww it's trashy
princessjaslew princessjaslew 9 years
its fun. we have tea twice a month.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
I play fetch with my cat every day for an hour or two, starting whenever she feels like it. I managed to hide the tiny mouse pretty good this AM though so I've had a quiet day of it. Yeah, I've got some good office traditions.
baybug baybug 9 years
We celebrate Birthday's here at my office. It nice to bring everyone together. Bagel Friday's would be nice though.......
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
we have bagel Friday every week. yum.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
I wish! Well every year there are tons of girl scout cookies. If the office was bigger I'm sure we would do a pot luck friday.
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