If you're one of the millions of American workers, mark October 16th on your calendar to earn some extra brownie points at work. That's the day that bosses everywhere are nationally recognized for their efforts throughout the year.
The history of Boss's Day began in 1958, when Patricia Bays Haroski registered "National Boss' Day" with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Haroski was working as a secretary for State Farm Insurance Company in Illinois and chose November 8 because she forgot that the birthday of her boss was actually on the 16th. Four years later in 1962, Illinois Governor Otto Kerner backed Haroski's registration and officially proclaimed the day National Boss's Day.
When pressed to describe why she registered the holiday, Harsoki added that she hoped to improve the relationship between employees and supervisors. She also believed young employees often do not realize the challenges bosses face in running a business.
Finding qualities to celebrate in your boss isn't as difficult as one might think. Just like it's essential that bosses recognize their employees, it's equally important that hard-working bosses get the same acknowledgement.
Good bosses come in all shapes and sizes. They can be quiet, aggressive, thoughtful, and insightful. They lead by example and create a workplace environment that rewards ambition and loyalty. Good bosses are both friends and mentors that have the ability to propel our careers.
How will you celebrate Boss's Day?
Popular ways employees can say "thanks" include sending your boss a nice note or card to thank them for their support during the year. This can be an individual note or a note from the entire team.
Taking your boss to lunch is a simple and effective gesture. Carving out time when you can sit down and personally show your appreciation is always helpful. Again, this can be a one-on-one or a lunch in your boss' honor from your team.
A group gift or flowers is also a nice way to celebrate this occasion. Asking the likes or dislikes from an assistant or secretary will help you narrow down the type of gift you should send.
Ultimately, however you decide to mark the occasion, simply acknowledging the efforts of your boss will go a long way on this day – and throughout the year.