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Working On Your Birthday?!

Do you work on your birthday? Yes or no? (w/ justification if possible)


I just wished a co-worker a happy birthday and said that I hoped she didn't see the Slack til tomorrow...got an immediate response that she was in the HQ office. <whomp whomp> And didn't sound thrilled.


I ALWAYS take my birthday off...I think I deserve it. I mean, with all the work I did on the day of my birth and all. 😋 Now my birthday falls on July 3rd, so I many times get if off anyway due to the 4th of July holiday. But I'm curious to hear everyone's personal perspectives.

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Coffeesforclosers
Celebrated Contributor
+10
Director Sales and Market Development
I work every birthday and ask for all my deals to close cause its my birthday
Jbeans
Good Citizen
+1
Director of Sales
You mean you don’t have “PO socks” for good luck? Bdays come once a year but you can get some serious mileage on a lucky pair of socks. 
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+9
Senior Account Executive
Now there's a good spin! Has it ever worked? 
Coffeesforclosers
Celebrated Contributor
+10
Director Sales and Market Development
For sure! But only once, lol
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AE2SC
Good Citizen
Solutions Consultant
100% birthdays are the best to work. Also how does @MMMGood's birthday now fall on July 3rd? Wouldn't it always fall on the same day? 
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+9
Senior Account Executive
Wait what? 
ARRisLife
Opinionated
+2
Account Executive
Personally, yes I do- I don't really care about birthdays, it's always seemed like an odd celebration after you turn 21. But that's just me- I don't like being gifted shit, sung too or called out because I rode the planet around the sun a few times.

But if you like birthdays- more power to you, there's no right or wrong!

That said, I will treat myself to days off whenever the f*0k I want, to do whatever activity pleases me. Just not in the name of birth!


MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+9
Senior Account Executive
I agree...I don't like the attention, either. For me, it's an opportunity to reflect on the last year and the new one beginning. Reevaluating goals, etc. Kinda like an annual reset button. 
SiliconBBQ
Opinionated
+1
Account Executive
I felt the same way for a long time as a young man. I would typically work on my birthdays but there wasn't a culture of celebrating it in the last days of the tobacco biz. eventually co-workers realized it and starting saying happy birthday.

then i got into tech sales gigs, and the companies often celebrated them. two  cos. gave us a pto day to use that day or another. big red doesn't really give af.

I will say my perspective changed as I aged. Not in celebrating mine, it's fun and all, but really celebrating other people. We have huge gatherings when people get married, or sadly when they die, but so often we forget to celebrate people that are still here....and we don't get to decide when they won't be.
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Chucken
Politicker
+3
Inside Sales Lead
One of my Inside guy's Birthday is today. He is a trooper.
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+9
Senior Account Executive
Proverbial birthday hand shake to that savage!
FrankTheTank
Enterprise Account Executive
Honestly find it weird that we praise people for working on their Birthday! It is just another day unless it is your 21st but past that there isn't really anything special about the day.
HarryCaray
Notorious Answer
+13
Regional VP
Sometimes I forget how old I am at this point.  Yes, I work on my birthday (if it's during the week obvi).
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+9
Senior Account Executive
I TRY to forget...I guess I need a few more years before it just comes naturally. Haha! 
HarryCaray
Notorious Answer
+13
Regional VP
After I hit 30 I stopped caring haha.  We'll see what happens around 40
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PhlipOut
Opinionated
+3
Account Executive
I don't care too much. Unless I have big plans I'll work on my birthday. especially if it's say.. a random tuesday
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+9
Senior Account Executive
Sounds like you need to make some big plans for yourself this year. Like a folding chair on a lake with a fishing pole and a cooler of beer. 
PhlipOut
Opinionated
+3
Account Executive
Haha sounds nice! this year I'll be on vacation for the whole week :D
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BigCheese
Politicker
+6
Agency Recruiter
My old company used to give us 8 hours PTO for our birthday which was really nice, but most people just added it to the accrual.

 Personally, if it's in the middle of the week, I'll just work through it, maybe go to a nice dinner that night and celebrate on the weekend. If it's a Monday or Friday, I'll probably take it off and do something fun, but I don't like having gaps in the middle of the workweek. That's just me!

You've definitely got a nice birthday to parlay into the holiday! I would for sure take that off every year.
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+9
Senior Account Executive
Still, how cool of your company to recognize personal "events" like that. 
BigCheese
Politicker
+6
Agency Recruiter
Yeah, it was about the only employee-centric thing that they did lol.
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CuriousFox
Arsonist
+10
Senior Account Executive
Any day I can make money is a good day 🥳
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+9
Senior Account Executive
I still get a card from my parents with $20. I'll count that AND take the day off. Lol 
CuriousFox
Arsonist
+10
Senior Account Executive
And you can hit up Taco Bell with the bday bucks 🎉
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BigMeech
Notorious Answer
+7
Senior Account Executive
I typically work on my birthday, unless it falls on a Friday. I do generally cut out a little earlier than normal though. 
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+9
Senior Account Executive
Totally justified. 
funcoupons
WR Officer
+10
Sales Advisor
No, I take the day off and do something to treat myself - take myself out for lunch, spa day, hang out at home in pajamas. 
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+9
Senior Account Executive
'Atta girl! Own it! 
BlueJays2591
Politicker
+6
Business Development Manager
We get our birthday off at my company. but it the past i have typically worked my birthday
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+9
Senior Account Executive
Chalk another up for the companies that give the day off to their employees!
BlueJays2591
Politicker
+6
Business Development Manager
giving someone an extra day off has never hurt a company before. its why we also give a full week off between Christmas and New Years. i think its important, especially in sales. the grind will wear down on you so you need to take time off and take care of yourself so you can be a high performer. 
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Bittersweet0326
Politicker
+3
Digital Business Associate
Once and a while I'll take it off if there is something going on. I'm too much of a busy body to take a day off for no reason.
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+9
Senior Account Executive
Your life is a good reason! Don't undersell it! 

That said, you can still have a busy day...with fun things! 
YoungMoney
Good Citizen
+2
Director of Sales
Regardless of the year/day of week, I attempt to do a 3 day weekend. My birthday is in November so I request Monday off...it's a full weekend of football then!
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+9
Senior Account Executive
And what could be better? Well done. 
salesnerd
WR Officer
+14
Head of Growth
Yeah, I work on my birthday. You know who I tell it's my birthday? Everyone I talk to. No one is mean to you on your birthday. Plus it's a good excuse to get contracts "well it's my birthday sooooo..."

Works surprisingly well.
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+9
Senior Account Executive
Someone else said this same thing...so you've had it actually work?? That's awesome! 
salesnerd
WR Officer
+14
Head of Growth
One month in 2013 I had 4 birthdays...

Kidding, but yes I've had it work for sure. Depends on the buyer, etc. but it's a good technique much like the "I'm going on vacation tomorrow!" play 
Ryscott0317
Politicker
+2
Territory Manager
I take mine off (or sometimes the day after) because it’s on St. Patrick’s Day so yeah...
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+9
Senior Account Executive
Green beer for everyone! I hope you're Irish, too!
Ryscott0317
Politicker
+2
Territory Manager
Indeed I am!
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VAServe
Good Citizen
Sr. Director, Global
Up until around 35YO, I took every birthday off.  Then I didn't.  Now I am again henceforth lol.  Why not, actually? I mean, besides because sales :)
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+9
Senior Account Executive
I support your decision to return to the joy of birthdays. 
drdoolittle
Old School Bravo
AE
If my birthday is on a Monday or Friday, I'll take the day off (friendly reminder that mental health is important y'all, and your birthday is a good opportunity to focus on yourself and being happy). That said, I won't take it off if my birthday falls on Tues/Wed/Thur. 
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+9
Senior Account Executive
That PSA cannot be restated enough. Thanks! 
Gr
GrindingSales
Valued Contributor
+3
Account Executive
I always take that day off or at least work from home if available, I like having at least one day a year where I can control my own happiness!
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+9
Senior Account Executive
Here's to hoping you get a few more of those days, this year!
MagicFan1998
Opinionated
+2
Business Development Representative
Today is my birthday actually and I am here pounding the phones! 
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+9
Senior Account Executive
Well if you had a quote for me to sign, I'd probably do it!
DadFather
Opinionated
+2
Enterprise Account Executive
Depends when it falls - Tuesday or Wednesday, probably working. Monday or Friday, 100% taking off unless i have something big. Thursday is dangerous as i can’t take Thursday off and not Friday lol 
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+9
Senior Account Executive
Go for the 4 day weekend! Haha
BoomSauce25
Big Shot
+5
Senior Account Executive
Mine lands on a Saturday this year. Time to RAGE!
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+9
Senior Account Executive
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Spade
Catalyst
+3
Global Business Development Manager
Yeah I do - I understand those who take a day off though. (Being available via email/slack) would be responsible IMO
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+9
Senior Account Executive
Agreed. Always available. 
desperado
Politicker
+2
Head of Business Development
I never work on my birthday because I never really take PTO any other time of the year lol
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+9
Senior Account Executive
Then it’s even more deserved! 
Jbeans
Good Citizen
+1
Director of Sales
I take the whole week off. Why not? The Queen does.  Jk. Seriously I do it because A) if my bday sucks then at least I didn’t have to work, right? And B) please see A
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+9
Senior Account Executive
Solid logic. 🎉
1nbatopshotfan
Politicker
+4
Senior Director, Enterprise Technology
Our company gives your birthday off. You have to use it within a week of the day. It’s pretty great. 
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+9
Senior Account Executive
3-Day weekend! 
Ace
Arsonist
+6
CEO
If it's a weekday then I got no choice
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+9
Senior Account Executive
To take the day off? 😏
Ace
Arsonist
+6
CEO
To work haha. Also doesn't really matter since having your own startup kinda takes the fun out of bdays :/
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sahil
Acclaimed Answer
+11
Deepak Chopra of Sales
I'm not a birthday guy, so I usually work through.

Fun fact: The War Room launched on my bday this year :)
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+9
Senior Account Executive
But I thought the birthday boy is supposed to receive gifts...not give them! Thanks Sahil!
TargetSmasher
Good Citizen
Business Development Lead
Always work my birthday. I'm being paid to do so and whilst I could take holiday what's the point? Everyone else is working so might as well have some interaction.
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+9
Senior Account Executive
I’m getting paid to close deals!
Enterpriceysales
Business Development Manager
Had my birthday last week, guess what..had some of the biggest arguments with the internal teams on that same day. The only thought left at the end of the day was, "I see today as an absolute win" :) 
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+9
Senior Account Executive
Positive perspective...good for you!
Chep
Politicker
+6
Business Development Representative
I take my birthday off every time I can
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+9
Senior Account Executive
👏🏻
beerisforclosers
Arsonist
+7
Account Manager
Our company gives us our birthday off. It was a huge reason I joined. I was looking at a few other places, but I felt like that was such a positive for company culture! I always use my birthday PTO :) 
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+9
Senior Account Executive
Hopefully your comp plan is good, too! 😋
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