Well, Edible Arrangements, which makes yummy edible arrangements, has come up with its own solution to this age-old, company-wide problem! It's hiring for a brand-new position called Chief Birthday Officer.
The Chief Birthday Officer is a C-suite role, and this new hire will "act as a designated birthday ambassador, social media maven and the go-to person for all things birthday" at Edible Arrangements. The CBO's job responsibilities include handling internal company birthday celebrations.
In other words, planning the employee birthday party!!!
As we digest our lunch and wait to leave early for the weekend, I have to wonder if the Chief Birthday Officer is an idea whose time has come. I mean, it's a natural fit for a party planning-oriented employer such as Edible Arrangements, but what about a 20,000-employee technology company? Would it work there? Well, we do know that the Silicon Valley Chief Birthday Officer would have the technology to put together quite the stellar birthday e-card.
Still, having the internal birthday planning function run through one management-level hire could be a wave of the future that can start happening now. We already know that the average office manager would absolutely love handing off all the birthday planning to the Chief Birthday Officer. Office managers already have too much on their plates to worry about birthday cakes, too.
Employees could react very positively to knowing that somebody in the C-suite cares enough to remember, and potentially plan something for, their birthdays, especially since employers pulled back on celebrating employee birthdays during the recession. Let them eat cake, indeed.
But that's so 2012! Just imagine nobody hitting you up for $10 at your desk anymore to fund co-worker so-and-so's birthday present, when you just threw $10 into the pot last week for the boss's birthday. Now that's a change many employees might love.