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usually October 16

Date of National Boss Day:
2009: Fri Oct 16
2010: Fri Oct 15
2011: Mon Oct 17
2012: Tue Oct 16


National Boss's Day which is celebrated on October 16th each year. If the holiday falls on a weekend, it is generally celebrated on the working day closest to October 16. National Boss Day offers employees an opportunity to recognize those in supervisory positions. Popular ways to say "thanks" include cards, a lunch in the boss’s honor, outdoor picnics, flowers, or gift certificates.

Patricia Bays Haroski is given the sole credit for creating. She was an employee at State Farm Insurance Company in Deerfield, Ill. She worked under her father and became aware of the problems he had to face while leading the employees and managing the company. In order to show her admiration and respect for her father-boss, she hit upon the idea of Boss Day. In 1958, she registered the holiday with the Chamber of Commerce of the United States. She designated October 16 as the special day because it was her father’s birthday. Ms. Haroski’s purpose was to designate a day to show appreciation for her boss and other bosses. She also hoped to improve the relationship between employees and supervisors. She believed young employees often do not realize the challenges bosses face in running a business.

Four years after she registered the holiday, Governor of Illinois, Otto Kerner, welcomed the proposal of observing National Boss's Day and officially proclaimed the day in 1962. The idea became popular across the country in no time and soon, even England, Australia and South Africa started celebrating Boss's Day in full throttle.

Hallmark did not offer a Boss Day card for sale until 1979, but increased the size of its National Boss Day line by 90 percent in 2007 by creating collections of new and innovative cards. Some publishers like 123greetings and American Greetings have boss day cards even for ex boss and women boss.


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