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It’s National Boss’ day

Did you remember? Did you do something for your boss? Ever wonder how it got started? I did, so I googled it (what else?) Here’s what I found out…


Patricia Haroski, a secretary from Deerfield IL, originated National Boss Day in 1958. “I had worked for a large company and noticed that they never had a regular date set to pay tribute to our bosses,” Haroski wrote in 1970. “I made inquiries, and through my network of secretaries, decided to establish a day in their honor. Reflecting on how my father had helped his white-collar daughters and sons many times with their problems concerning their work, I decided to register his birthday, October 16, as ‘The Day.’ In 1958, I gave it some authority by registering October 16 as National Boss Day with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In 1962, Illinois Governor Otto Kerner proclaimed the day. This observance is fun for our bosses, and they do a lot of smiling that day.”

Common observes of National Boss Day (aka “Bosses Day”) include giving a greeting card, gift, or some other token of appreciation to the “boss” (managers, supervisors or executives). Some organizations hold group activities such as executive appreciation events or boss-of-the-year presentations.

Want to motivate your boss? Wondering the best way to observe the day? They have more ideas and info at their site

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