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Does Your Office Celebrate Employee Anniversaries?

In last night's episode of the The Office the Party Planning Committee plots a 15-year anniversary celebration for Michael, while he sweats having the new vice president, Charles, in his hair.

After Charles suggests the committee and the idea for Michael's party are a colossal waste of office time, Michael heads to corporate to complain about the being managed and the loss of his figs (a crucial part of his fete, naturally).

As always, Michael is out of touch with what he has earned, but the tradition of celebrating employee anniversaries isn't reserved to the wacky antics at Dunder Mifflin — it's a common morale booster in many offices. Does your workplace celebrate or acknowledge your commitment to the company yearly on your big day?

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care0531 care0531 8 years
My company announced all the anniversaries at our quarterly meetings and then we get a polo with the company logo on it- a different color for each year and they imprint how many years on the shirt. I don't wear them to work or out in public- I would rather just a lunch or a giftcard- or better yet cash! :)
aislefour aislefour 8 years
I work at a small newspaper with about 25 employees. Every anniversary we get $100 for each year of employment, this year I will be given $600 for 6 years. It's pretty amazing! Anyone celebrating a 10 year anniversary also gets a happy hour held in their honor. We are very lucky to have such generous bosses, that's why no one every leaves! There are a few 20+ year employees.
redegg redegg 8 years
I've never worked in an office where they acknowledged how long you had worked there.
muchacha muchacha 8 years
As Modus said, not every year, but on the fives. Our employers gift us with personal treats, things we might not normally buy ourselves - one of our graphic artists received an Ipod Touch on his 10, our receptionist received an Espresso maker on her 5 (she loves coffee). I think the gifts and generosity are great and I guess I am looking forward to celebrating my 5?
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
Everyone gets flowers yearly on their anniversary. I think it's sweet. :) I talked my office manager into paying for one of my books for class this year.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Nothing huge, but every year you get a Chamber of Commerce gift certificate and a small gift. My husband's company buys lunch and a cake for them on their anniversaries and the person having the anniversary always brings donuts for everyone else to share.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Nah not really. Maybe internally in your group/team.
sonya-ina sonya-ina 8 years
Nah, but we're a fairly young company, so no one's been here for 15 years or anything.
Dhorwich Dhorwich 8 years
The company I work at is known for having great employee retention so honoring people who have been with the company for a long time is something we do each year. We have 10-year, 20-year and 25-year service awards. We give out a really nice paperweight, a pin and a framed certificate depending on which year it is, and the 25th Anniversary folks have lunch with the CEO and Chairman - which is a big deal. While it may seem a small thing to do any of this it means a LOT to employees - you'd be surprised!
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
Not every year, but on the fives.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that if we wanted to in my group we could, but it's not something that we've endeavored to do. when i first started, my asst started just a couple weeks after me, and my boss had her 5 year anniversary at the same time, so we had a welcome/anniversary lunch, but since then, nothing really. we didn't do anything this year.
supercoolnat supercoolnat 8 years
Our company recognizes every 5 years. You get to pick out a gift from a catalog, it's always a cheesy plaque or clock or jewelry with the company logo on it. It gets sent to your boss, so they can decide how much of a fuss they want to make when they give it to you. Our department always has the dept head make a big speech at a staff meeting , and then gives you your gift. Cheesy and embarassing, but still a nice gesture.
jenninthecity jenninthecity 8 years
We make mention of it at our weekly staff meeting, but then again, there's only 11 of us :)
Taadie Taadie 8 years
For my boss we got her a cake, a card and some flowers for her 20th anniversary.
hkdkat hkdkat 8 years
My prior bosses just said happy anniversary and if it was time for a company gift, they gave me one. However my current boss actually takes me out to lunch. It is quite nice!
glam-sugar glam-sugar 8 years
Yes, we don't have a party but it's acknowledged.
syako syako 8 years
Yes we do.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
nope, not that i've seen maybe big big ones, but i think i've only ever seen retirement parties
amybdk amybdk 8 years
Most definitely not! We do, however, celebrate the milestone birthdays of our firm.
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