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Yes: 87%

  • A card and cake… or donuts… or cupcakes… but always food and friends! — Chris Clark, Advanced Eye Care, Panama City, FL
  • Each employee gets a gift card to a favorite store or restaurant (new hires complete a questionnaire about special dates and favorite things). We stopped doing cakes during the pandemic. — etsy Brockett, Zionsville Eyecare, Zionsville, IN
  • We have a sales rep sponsor our monthly B-day celebrations. They buy breakfast or lunch and the birthday staff get Starbucks gift cards from the office. — Diana Canto Sims, Buena Vista Optical, Chicago, IL
  • Each employee gets a small gift, has their favorite sweet treat, and we try to make their day special. — Dierdre Fogle, OD, Eyetopia Eyecare, Littleton, CO
  • Publish monthly everyone who celebrates that month; since COVID we have stopped the monthly birthday treats. Those who celebrate that month get to send in their vote for their treat of choice. — Carol Marx, The Eye Care Center, Canandaigua, NY
  • The doctor gives gift cards to each employee and we like to at least buy treats for each other in the office when there is a birthday. I like to recognize the birthday with a group text or getting them a little something also. — Caitlin Wicka, San Juan Eye Center, Montrose, CO
  • A card signed from all employees, a check and of course a birthday cake. — Mark Perry, OD, Vision Health Institute, Orlando, FL
  • Everyone is in charge of someone’s birthday. They get a card that everyone in the office signs and bring food/treats to the break room. Doctors have a department that gets together and is in charge of the celebration. Everyone is celebrated! — Kim Hilgers, Akre & Clark Eyecare, New Ulm, MN
  • Currently all birthdays are within four weeks of one another so we do a large dinner together. — Jason Klepfisz, OD, Urban Eye Care, Phoenix, AZ
  • Each employee is different, so are their birthdays. — Dave Goodrich, Goodrich Optical, Lansing, MI
  • Lottery scratch-offs and cake. — Rick Rickgauer, Vision Associates, Girard, PA
  • Bonus checks. — Alexander Saper, Great Glasses, Houston, TX
  • We have a mini potluck for each person’s birthday. One person brings the dessert of the birthday person’s choosing. — Lindsey Pulford, Insights Eyecare, Manhattan, KS
  • We go with the flow for each person. We love to celebrate what makes us all different and special. — Gayle Bergthold, Bee Cave Vision Center, Bee Cave, TX

No: 13%

  • It’s just me. — William Chancellor, Best Chance Optical, Forsyth, GA
  • The staff recognize each other’s birthdays but nothing formal. We have 17 people and that is a lot of birthdays. We also did not want to obligate people to put forward money towards a gift, etc., each time. This way people are recognized but nothing “special” is done. — Zachary Dirks, OD, St. Peter and Belle Plaine Eyecare Centers, Saint Peter, MN
  • Celebrating your own birthday is sad. — Kevin Count, Prentice Lab, Glenview, IL

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