Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The "No Cake Rule"

I manage a department of 14 people. I consider myself a pretty liberal manager. I am reasonable about lateness and time off. I don't hound people un-necessarily. I understand that people don't make mistakes on purpose and I cut people a break. I do enforce a few rules. One of them is no cake celebrations for birthday parties. My stand is that if you want to celebrate a birthday, go out with your co-workers after work. Why is it that I have to go get a cake and stop work and let everyone stand around wishing somebody a happy birthday? It's dumb. Some people think I'm being unreasonable, but I have work to get done. Let their mommies give them cake. I have to get product out the door.

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