Congratulating Co-Workers

Exciting happenings will occur in your workplace quite frequently: new babies, promotions, engagements… etc. It’s always nice to hear a simple “congrats” from your co-workers, but sometimes it shines a bit brighter under different presentations. The situation for which you are offering congratulations will determine what might be appropriate.

Milestones

While reaching certain milestones in life may seem like a celebration-worthy event from outside, some people struggle with these moments. Turning fifty, for example, would be a perfect time to congratulate a co-worker who has a positive outlook on the rest of their life. Make sure to be delicate in your wording of notes and messages to peers who might not feel the same way you do about aging.

Office parties are a great way to get everyone excited about your co-worker’s milestone! Buy a cake, have it decorated, and maybe purchase a small gift that commemorates the event. Have the whole floor sign a fancy card!

Engagements and Weddings

What an exciting time for your co-worker! Elaborate congratulations and even asking questions would be a great place to start. If you are able to, offer to purchase something on the wedding registry when it becomes available, or offer a small token of your excitement for the two. Marriage is an amazing part of life for those that choose to follow that route.

Pregnancy Announcements

A common rule of thumb with offering congratulations is to match the co-worker’s excitement. Some topics will be touchy and you might not even know it! Read the expressions and emotions of the person you will be congratulating to make sure you don’t offend. For example, your co-worker may be terrified to find out they are pregnant or that their partner is expecting. Depending on the situation, you can offer your assistance and advice.

Births

Whether it’s your co-worker’s first child or following, the birth of a newborn is both an exciting and stressful time. Many people will take some time off to be with their new addition, so be sure to have something prepared for when they return. One great idea might be a baby book, signed by you and the rest of your team. New parents are always in need of diapers, and it’s always a welcome gift. Not sure what size to buy? Size one diapers will definitely fit within several weeks of a baby’s birth unless they were prematurely born. Another tried-and-true gift would be baby onesies – new parents go through far more of these in a day than imaginable. Anything that extends laundry day is a lifesaver.

Career Achievement

Promotions and other recognitions are the perfect opportunities to make an elaborate celebration event. Office parties with food and tasty treats will help lift the mood, bringing attention to your co-worker. Coordinate with those around you to make your peer feel special! Perhaps you could even work with your boss to get a certificate of recognition created that can be gifted at the office party. 

Above all, however, it’s important that your words and actions are true to you. You and your co-workers are close; you work together more hours than you see your family members sometimes. It’s kind and thoughtful to go out of your way to congratulate these people in your life on their achievements and milestones. No matter how you do it, it will be appreciated if it comes from the heart.

What to Write in a Work Anniversary Card

When someone new joins the company, it’s important to make them feel welcome. Showing appreciation to a new co-worker radically changes the atmosphere at work, and don’t we all want to work in a nice environment? 

Before you know it the new guy might be celebrating their first anniversary in the company! Nothing says “you’re one of us now” as getting a work anniversary card from your co-workers. Depending on your work environment, you may want to take the time to congratulate the newbie on a year with the company, or on other work anniversaries. Regardless of how close you are to your coworkers, we’ve got the perfect messages to help fill your greeting cards.

10 Ways to Say “Happy Work Anniversary!”

One Year

Hey Chris! If my math is right, you’ve been a __________ employee for 365 days. Congrats on putting up with all of us for a year, we’ve loved having you as a part of the team.

Happy “work-iversary,” Chris! You’ve really changed the office for the better since you’ve been here. Thanks for all you do; keep up the good work.

Chris! How has it already been a year? I guess they say “time flies when you’re having fun.” Seriously, though; thanks for doing what you do every day – you’re a real asset to our team.

Congrats! You’re not the new guy anymore, Chris! You’ve shown enormous potential from day one; it feels like you’ve been a part of the team forever.

Milestone Years

Hey Chris, happy fifth anniversary with us at ___________. Your work ethic and passion for what you do are an inspiration to those around you. Thank you for everything these past five years.

Ten years is a huge indication of your dedication to success with our company. Thank you so much for everything you’ve put into your time here with us so far – we look forward to what the future brings you.

Chris, I just wanted to write a short note letting you know how much I’ve appreciated seeing you grow with the company in the last ten years. If I could be half as successful and driven as you, I would be destined for greater things. Thank you so much for being a great role model; we all appreciate everything you do.

Any Number of Years

Hey, Chris! It’s been another year at the office for you – are you tired of us all yet? Just kidding; thanks for the smile you bring into the office every day. We have no idea how you manage it, but it always lifts the atmosphere a little bit each morning. Keep on doing what you’re doing – it’s working for you.

Happy work anniversary, Chris. I really appreciate everything you’ve brought to the company in the past few years. It’s been amazing getting to know you; you’ve helped me with so many projects I was struggling with. Here’s to an even better next year.

From Chris – the new intern… to Chris – everyone’s go-to guy! You’ve done some amazing work in the past couple of years, and we’re all incredibly proud to have you on our team. Here’s to many more; you have great things in store with this company.