Do you go to work on your birthday?

United States
May 12, 2011 12:28pm CST
I am working on my birthday. Everyone keeps asking me why I didn't request it off. Well, why would I? I don't have plans. My husband has to work until 9pm also. So what would be the sense of requesting the day off? Basically my birthday is like any other day. I woke up and did school work, then I cleaned a little bit, and later I'll be going to work. Concequently, I'm also working on my son's birthday tomorrow, and my husband will also be working until 9pm. We will celebrate both of our birthdays on Sunday, as we normally do. If the weather is nice we'll try to take the kids out to a local baseball game. If the weather is not nice (there is rain in the forecast) then we'll stay home and finish watching all the Star Wars movies. Would you work on your birthday or will you request it off?
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@GreenMoo (11842)
12 May 11
I would go to work as normal, unless my family had some time off too and we were going to celebrate. Otherwise, it's just like any other day really.
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• United States
13 May 11
Yep.. that's basically all it is.. just another day. I'm glad this one is almost over.. work was a nightmare!
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@GardenGerty (105415)
• United States
13 May 11
When I started working most places did not automatically give you your birthday off. I was working one summer at a grocery store, but was planning to chaperone a youth group trip. I requested my birthday off as it fell in that trip time. There were three managers, all with personal problems and they were always messing with the schedule. I guess the put me back on and I was eating breakfast, getting ready to leave. One of them called me up, demanded to know why I was not at work and yelled and screamed, etc. I told him I was not coming in, I was leaving on a trip. When I got back I formally quit, in writing citing the reason that I had been verbally abused. Now this was in the early seventies and not so many laws and a double standard on top of that. So that is the one birthday I did take off.
@GreenMoo (11842)
13 May 11
Katsmeow, I hope your family have something nice planned for you when you get home! Relax and put your feet up (as if, with kids!!).
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
12 May 11
I pretty much always work on my birthday. My days off mostly revolve around the kids and their school schedules. My sister always takes her birthday off though.
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• United States
12 May 11
I guess if I had made plans I would have requested the day off.. it just never occured to me to even think about asking for it off until about a week ago which by then it was too late anyways. I don't normally work on Thursdays so I didn't really expect to have to work.. but of course everyone else is requesting most of this month off due to finals, proms, graduations etc. so I've been getting a ridiculous amount of hours the past couple of weeks. Last week I put in 33 hours.. not bad for a part-time job!
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@sun284 (30)
• India
13 May 11
we can celebrate birthday in our office spending just 10 to 15min in break time or free time with our collegues as it is the second home for you.you can celebrate birthdays at night 12am exactly with small gathering of family members.if birthday comes on holidays it is the great way to bash ur birthday party.
@katieh (151)
12 May 11
If it's a work day, yes, I go to work. We generally go out for dinner in the evening. That's all the celebration I'd do even if I stayed at home.
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• India
13 May 11
yes i agree with you if its a work day and if it is serious then we have to work for sure....
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• United States
22 May 11
I've worked on my Birthday. Like you said it's no big deal, just another day because we have to pay the bills first and have time for fun when we can.
@drasnian (548)
12 May 11
Usually, yes. We're more likely to celebrate in the evening, and since everyone else is at work during the day too, why would I want to sit around at home on my own? This year, we're going out for the day, so if I find a job for summer, I'll probably tell them when I apply that I'm busy for that one day.
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@lilybug (21148)
• United States
13 May 11
I requested off at my second shift job this year, but not my first shift job. I don't make a big deal out of my birthday either. I went to dinner with my sister on my birthday, but that was all. Nothing special here.
• United States
13 May 11
I am impressed you're still working both jobs! It's been almost a year now, right? A girl I work with had started a full time job right about the same time I was hired. She planned on keeping both jobs. Well.. it hasn't been quite 4 months and this is her last week. She can't handle the exhaustion anymore! It doesn't help that her full time job was in the cafeteria at a hospital.. making subs!! LOL
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
20 May 11
10 months... May 1st was my last day at the one job. I am still employed there, but they don't have me on the schedule for now. I can call them if I ever want to be on the schedule and they will call me if they really need me.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
14 May 11
If it were just me, I would treat it like any other day. I would go to work or school if it fell on a weekday. I would just postpone any celebration that is planned until the next weekend. But luckily, my son was born on my birthday. So, I've always taken 'his' birthday off ever since he was born. There is always celebration. It might not be mine, but still worth the day off.
• United States
14 May 11
So you totally know how I feel, since my son's birthday is the day after mine. Our birthdays also fall on or around Mother's Day every year. It's just a really busy time of year for us. We also tend to do combined celebrations.
• India
13 May 11
Unless you don't have any party or plans to celebrate your birthday what is the use taking leave. At the same time you can also celebrate your birthday in the office with your colleagues and friends if you go to office. In any of my birthdays these 25years, i have never taken leave to celebrate my birthday. Especially i love to go to my college on my birthdays even though i don't celebrate it there. I don't like to take leave on any days unless i planned to go anywhere for any work and don't like to be in home putting leave.
• India
13 May 11
no partys then just take leave for enjoying with your family as this comes only once in an year naa.....
• United States
13 May 11
Yes I work it...all have and probably always will. I dont see the big deal about taking off on your birthday, once you reach a certain age it just becomes another day right? I mean my kids always make me something and then we usually go out to dinner and the husband and kids will get me a gift or two but that isnt something that I need to take the whole day off for besides even if I were to take it offmy kids and husband have school and work so i would be by myself anyhow and I know that some say that sounds good take the day to relax but I would much rather have the family here to spend it with. This year my husband bought me an in door stidio set for my photography business weeks before my birthday because I needed it early so this year was an even smaller event!!
• United States
13 May 11
Nice! So far I haven't gotten any gifts.. and that's usually the way it goes. Our wedding anniversary was last week, as well as Mother's Day on Sunday.. and my son's birthday tomorrow. So I usually do not get a birthday gift. I am used to it.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
12 May 11
Since my birthday is in July I usually take a weeks vacation then....and go up to my friends in Wisconsin...her husbands birthday it two days after mine...we celebrate together.....my kids don't live around here so I have never had anyone around to celebrate my birthday with...so it's nice to be with my friend who makes a lovely dinner etc for the both of us!
• United States
13 May 11
That is really nice. My foster mom used to take the week of her birthday off too and we'd go stay in a cabin in the Adirondacks. Her birthday was also in July.. the 24th.
@bunnybon7 (37950)
• Holiday, Florida
12 May 11
really. i think once we are adults we have no choice. birthdays are no longer a big deal as when we were kids. celebrating on the weekend sounds great. before i got diabled, i worked on most of my birthdays except if it fell on a weekend, since i was 12 yrs old.
• United States
12 May 11
I'm not guaranteed to have a day off at all unless I request it. The only day I request off is every Sunday as that is our family day.
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
12 May 11
Happy Birthday Kat! As a child I was sometimes allowed to have the day off on my Birthday but as an adult I have always had to work and this is OK with me. Not a big deal at all. Enjoy your day on Sunday with your family
• United States
12 May 11
Oddly enough, when I was in school they always seemed to have a teacher work shop day where students did not need to go to class on that day.. so I always happened to get my birthday off. It was good in a way.. but I also liked going to school so all the students and teachers would wish me a happy birthday.
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@sacmom (14314)
• United States
20 Jul 11
Sure, I do. I even work on holidays if I have to. Now when it comes to my kids, that's different. Especially after I got my oldest son's off last month. I didn't request it off, it just happened to work out that way. However, my youngest didn't see it that way and asked me to request the day off for his birthday. So, even though I didn't really want to ask, I did it anyway... My boss was very understanding. However, she needed me to work on his birthday, at least a few hours in the morning....which my youngest was okay with. After all, he saw it as a chance for me to earn some extra birthday money for him. LOL Happy mylotting!
@garson (886)
• United States
20 Jun 11
I would be curious if it is very common to request a time off for a birthday. Birthday would be a special day for kids/children. For adults, you would need to be like a Queen Elizabeth, Prince William, or some royalty to make it special or to make a big celebration. For me, I would still go to work. I don't really think of that factor anymore when I request any time off.
@aghiuta (526)
• Canada
12 Jun 11
Since the day that I could take a personal day for my Birthday,I did so.This was my present to myself.A day to do what I pleased,when i pleased.I went shopping,or even window shopping,slept in,read a book,whatever I felt like doing! Now that I am retired,every day is like a birthday!!!!
@gaiza12 (4889)
• Philippines
30 May 11
I don't request off on my birthday. If it falls on my day off then much better so I can go to church and pray. But if does not fall on my day off then just like yours it is just also an ordinary day for me. Not unless I celebrate it, but I am thinking it will only cost much if I do. Before I do celebrate my birthday because my parents would really celebrate it with the whole family. But now they are already asking me if I wanted to celebrate it or not since I already have work, they wanted me to pay for the celebration. This year, I think I will be celebrating it at home, that's if it falls on my day off. Just with the family and pray thank God for another year. If it falls on a work day, I will just be working like any other ordinary day of work.
• Canada
30 May 11
I was always lucky to have my birthday fall On am off day.
@lkbooi (16101)
• Malaysia
21 May 11
Me too katsmeow1213, birthday in our family is just as normal as an usual day. Only during our childhood our parents would make us to remember our respective birthday dates in Chinese lunar calendar by peeling the boiled eggs. I have a younger sister and two brothers so five eggs were prepared. I gave one peeled egg to each of my sibling whereas I enjoyed eating the remaining two. The three did the same on their birthdays respectively. my son did the same thing during his childhood as well as it's a nice way to remember the date. The only thing different was we would present him a birthday cake or other gift which he was long for All the family go to school or work as usual on our birthday. We have never celebrated our birthday taking a one day leave. If we like we would celebrate the birthday eating out of watching movie in cinema a day or two earlier during our leisure. It’s that simple and we care more is to get along together happily doing relaxing activities with our loved ones. Happy posting
@sweet_pea (3325)
• Philippines
19 May 11
Like you, my birthdays are just ordinary days for me. In fact last year, my boss was surprised I came to report to work on my birthday. We usually don't make a fuss of it already since hubby and I are working. If my birthday falls on a weekend we usually prepare something or eat out but not if it falls on a working day. We usually just celebrate them on weekends. In my previous work we had birthday leaves. We don't have that benefit in my current employer.
• India
17 May 11
Yes,If it is working day..Because its good to spend day with all my colleague and celebrate b'day with them...