Happy birthday

Is it ethical to use company funds to celebrate an employee’s birthday?

If you own a small restaurant with 3 employees, and serve them a free meal as a birthday gift, there’s nothing wrong with that.

What if your company counts 200,000 employees and is publicly traded? If you spend only $10 per employee, that’s a $2M expense every year. Is that a good use of the shareholder’s money?

What if your customers are mostly government entities? Your revenue is actually tax revenue. Is that a good use of taxpayer’s money?

What if you don’t stop at birthdays but also celebrate births, weddings and funerals? How big should an “employee morale” budget line be?

Please let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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