National Boss Day
Also known as
National Boss's Day
the closest weekday to October 16th (since 1958)
Patricia Bays Haroski in 1958
Celebrated on October 16, or the closest weekday if that date falls on a weekend, National Boss Day is a day when appreciation is shown to bosses. The day was thought up by Patricia Bays Haroski, who registered the day with the United States Chamber of Commerce in 1958. Haroski worked at the State Farm Insurance Company in Deerfield, Illinois, and wanted to create the day to show appreciation for her boss and other bosses. She also thought the day could be useful in improving the relationship between bosses and employees. She chose the birthday of her father as the date of the holiday. Soon afterward, in 1962, Illinois Governor Otto Kerner proclaimed the day. On the holiday, greeting cards, gift certificates, and other gifts have been given to bosses. Some companies have held company lunches or other group activities on the day. But, the day has also not been without its critics, who say it goes against etiquette and puts monetary pressure on employees.
How to Observe
Celebrate the day by giving a card or another gift to your boss. Use the day to try to build a stronger relationship with them and others who you work under. If you are a boss, you can use the day to show your appreciation for your employees.