85 Magical Birthday Wishes for Coworkers (Because Cards Can Be Tricky To Write)

A woman reading birthday wishes in a birthday card from coworkers

There’s no denying that birthdays are magical. They are a time to celebrate your milestones and be wishful about the year you have ahead. And while they are a special time, sometimes being on the outside and writing a B-Day message for someone, especially a coworker or boss, isn’t exactly a piece of cake. Instead, once you’ve got a pen in your hand and a card in front of you, figuring out the right words to jot down can be stressful.

To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of birthday messages you can use so you’ll be prepared when someone in your office is turning a year older. Some notes are cute, some are short and sweet, some are funny and some are thoughtful. That way, there’s a perfect B-Day message you can use for every type of coworker you have, from someone you consider to be your work bestie or work wife, to someone you don’t know that well, to someone you admire, to someone you have a complicated relationship with and more. We even included several birthday wishes you can write for your boss!

Scroll through all 85 birthday wishes and messages for coworkers below. You can keep the phrases as is, or add on to them so they’re more personal. Either way, the next time there’s a birthday at your workplace, you’ll be prepared!

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How Should You Wish Your Coworker a Happy Birthday?

When it comes to celebrating a birthday at work, there are countless ways to do so. You can go big and decorate that person’s desk the night before with streamers and balloons to surprise them. You can bring in a cake or cupcakes so you and your staff can all take some time to make them feel loved and sing to them. You can have everyone chip in and get them a group gift or flowers. Or you can never go wrong with getting a birthday card and having everyone sign it - bonus points if someone in your office designs one. Doing one of these things is a great way to make your coworker feel appreciated no matter if you’re super close with them or don’t know them well. The thought and effort behind whatever you end up doing will mean the world.

Best Birthday Wishes for a Coworker



1. Sending you a birthday bouquet of happiness. Wishing you the best B-Day! I’m so glad you’re my coworker.

2. Today is a day to celebrate you and all the joy you share with those around you — especially in the office! Happy birthday!

3. Happy birthday! Another adventure-filled year awaits you once you leave the office today. HBD!

4. Happy birthday to the ray of sunshine in the office and the one who never lets rainy situations get her down.

5. I love having you as a coworker, even though you’re a [insert Zodiac sign here.] May your birthday be out of this world.

6. Sending you smiles for every minute that you’ve been alive. Happy birthday to the best coworker a girl could ask for.

7. May your day be as sweet as the icing on your cake. Happy birthday to my favorite coworker.

8. Happy birthday to someone who makes the office a better and brighter place. Hope you have the best day!

9. Happy birthday to my work wife, my work bestie and my all-around dream coworker. Hope this year brings nothing but good vibes your way.

10. Happy birthday! I’m clearing my work calendar so we can celebrate you all day today.

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Short Birthday Wishes for a Boss



11. Happy birthday to the best boss! May it bring you lots of smiles.

12. Happy birthday! I hope it’s beyond magical.

13. Wishing you a day filled with nothing but happiness. Happy B-day!

14. Enjoy your special day, you deserve it! Happy birthday!

15. Happy birthday to my favorite boss! I hope you have the best day.

16. May your day be filled with nothing but sunshine and good vibes. Happy birthday!

17. Happy birthday! Hope it’s unforgettable in the best way.

18. Happy birthday! Thanks for all of your guidance and leadership!

19. Happy birthday, Boss! May this year be the best one yet!

20. May all of your wishes come true. Happy birthday, Boss!

21. Happy B-Day! Thank you for being such an incredible mentor to me.

22. How you put us with all of us is a gift in itself. Hope you have the best birthday! We are lucky to have you as a boss.

23. When it comes to bosses, you’re top-notch! Happy birthday!

24. Your vision for this company continues to inspire me! HBD!

25. Today is all about you, hope you’re able to relax and enjoy it. Happy birthday!

26. You’re the best boss I’ve ever had! HBD!

27. I promise I won’t ask you five million questions today. Happy birthday!

28. I’m not going to lie, I kind of wish you could be my boss for the rest of my life. Hope you have the best B-Day!

29. You inspire me on the daily. Happy B-Day!

30. I’m so glad you’re my boss. Hope you have the best B-Day!

31. Happy birthday, Boss! May you keep achieving your professional milestones this year!

32. Happy birthday to the coolest boss I know! Thanks for being the best leader.

33. It’s a pleasure working for you. Wishing you the happiest of birthdays.

34. Wishing you a day filled with laughter, joy and lots of cake. HBD!

35. Happy birthday to an amazing boss and an even better person!

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Touching Birthday Wishes for a Coworker



36. Happy birthday to my favorite coworker. I can’t imagine going to work without you here. You’re the glue to the company and such a joy to be around.

37. Happy birthday to the heart of our team! Working with you is always a pleasure.

38. Happiest of birthdays to the best coworker a girl could ask for. May all of your wishes come true this year!

39. Time flies when you get to work beside a great coworker like you! Hope you have the best birthday yet — you deserve it!

40. Happy birthday! I’m so glad we’ve been able to work together all these years. I’m so thankful for you and our friendship.

41. How did I get so lucky to have such an amazing coworker like you? HBD!

42. My prayers were answered when I asked to find a job and a best friend. Who knew I’d get both at the same place?! Happy birthday, work bestie!

43. Everyone needs a coworker like you in their life. You’re truly the best. Hope your birthday is everything you dreamed of!

44. Happy birthday to you! I hope your birthday is as magical and special as you are!

45. No matter how stressful the workday can get you somehow always make things better. I hope this year is even brighter and more successful for you. Happy birthday!

46. Happy birthday to my most stylish coworker. I hope your day is as fashionable as you!

47. Happy birthday to the smartest person I know — at the office and outside the office. I hope your day is one to remember!

48. Thanks for always being the one person in the office I can go to for help. I hope your birthday is the best day!

49. Here’s to getting another year older and wiser and hopefully getting a much-deserved promotion. Happy birthday!

50. The best decision this company ever made was hiring you to be my coworker! Happiest of birthdays to you! I’m so glad we get to work together each day.

51. “Work wife” isn’t a strong enough term to define you. You mean so much to me. Can’t wait to celebrate your birthday later!

52. I hope you feel super appreciated today at work and you have the best birthday ever. Working with you is a joy!

53. You’re the sweetest coworker ever. I’m so glad we met. HBD!

54. You inspire me to be the best I can be every day. I’m so lucky to have a coworker like you. Hope you have the best birthday!

55. Happy birthday to my dearest friend and coworker! May your day be as fun as you are.

56. Happy birthday! You’re more than just a coworker, you’re one of my best friends. I hope your day is so special.

57. I love this job, but I love the fact that I get to work with you more. Happy birthday!

58. Who needs a bonus when they get to work beside you every day? I hope you have the best birthday.

59. Wishing you a wonderful birthday filled with laughter and amazing memories. This year is going to be the best one yet, I can feel it.

60. Happy birthday! When I grow up, I want to be just like you! Thanks for being the best coworker.

61. Happy birthday! Wishing you an empty work calendar and a non-stressful day ahead. Hope you have the best B-Day ever.

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Funny Birthday Wishes for a Coworker



62. Happy B-Day! Thanks for having a birthday because now we all get cake!

63. Happy birthday to my favorite coworker. It’s so nice getting to work with someone I actually enjoy being around.

64. Happy birthday to my favorite coffee buddy! I would be so tired and decaffeinated without you.

65. HBD! PS, don’t forget to smile awkwardly later when everyone sings to you lol.

66. You’re the only reason this place is tolerable, which isn’t an easy task. Happy birthday, Buddy!

67. Happy birthday to the world’s greatest coworker…you! You deserve an award.

68. Happy birthday to you! Now that you’re one year older, you’re one year closer to retirement.

69. Happy birthday to the only coworker I enjoy hanging out with outside of work. Please don’t ever get a new job.

70. I hope your day is as lit as the candles on your cake. Happy birthday!

71. Happy B-Day to the only person here whose birthday I care more about than eating their birthday cake.

72. Happy birthday to the one coworker whose birthday I know without looking on social media to find out.

73. Happy birthday to the only person in the office (besides me) who knows the difference between “reply” and “reply all.” Hope you have a great birthday!

74. We should petition to get today off since it’s your birthday! HBD!

75. No matter how many office birthdays we share together, I promise to always tell everyone you just turned 25. Happy B-Day!

76. If gray hairs are a sign of wisdom, you’re a genius, my friend! Happy birthday to the best coworker.

77.­­­­­­ Technique, you’re not turning 50 today. You’re just $49.99, plus some tax. Happy birthday!

78. You’re not old, because that would mean I’m old. Happy birthday!

79. Remember, age isn’t important unless you’re cheese. HBD!

80. You suck at aging! Can you at least try to look older? Happy birthday!

81. Here’s to another year of pretending to look busy and dodging boring meetings. Happy birthday, Buddy!

82. You may be older than Google, but you’re still my favorite coworker. Happy birthday!

83. Just think of all of the things you’d like me to say in honor of your birthday and imagine I wrote them here.

84. At least you’re not as old as you’ll be next year yet. Happy birthday!

85. A true coworker remembers your birthday, not your age. Happy B-Day!

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