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National Boss’s Day

Show your appreciation for the hard-working boss in your life on National Boss's Day - a thoughtful gift or kind words will go a long way!
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October 16
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Celebrate National Boss's Day on October 16 and show your appreciation for all of their hard work. This day was created in 1958 by Patricia Bays Haroski as a way to honor the accomplishments and contributions of bosses around the world. It has since become an annual tradition for people to express gratitude towards their employers, colleagues, and mentors with gifts, kind words or special treats. Show your boss how much you appreciate them this year!

History of National Boss’s Day

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<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1958</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Boss's Day Inception</div><div class='timeline-text'>Patricia Bays Haroski registered National Boss's Day in the United States, choosing October 16, her boss (who was also her father)'s birthday.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1962</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Official Recognition</div><div class='timeline-text'>Illinois Governor Otto Kerner officially proclaimed the day as Boss's Day, giving it state recognition.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1979</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Hallmark's Involvement</div><div class='timeline-text'>Hallmark Cards began offering a line of National Boss's Day cards, contributing to the holiday's growth and popularity.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2000s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>International Observance</div><div class='timeline-text'>During the 2000s, recognition of Boss’s Day started to spread worldwide including countries like South Africa and Australia.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2018</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Rising Commercialization</div><div class='timeline-text'>Retailers began to capitalize on the holiday, offering special deals, discounts, and promoting gifts ideas for bosses.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Boss’s Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Send a card</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Send a card to your boss expressing your appreciation for their guidance and leadership. You could even write a personalized message to make it extra special.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Give a gift</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Choose a thoughtful gift for your boss such as their favorite coffee, an office plant, or a book related to their field. It'll be sure to put a smile on their face.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Organize a team lunch</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Organize a team lunch in which everyone can express their gratitude and appreciation for the boss. This is also a great way to foster team spirit and camaraderie.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Write a thank you note</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take time out of your day to write a heartfelt thank you note for all the hard work and dedication your boss puts into the job. Let them know you appreciate all they do.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host an awards ceremony</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Create some fun awards such as 'best leader', 'most creative thinker', and 'hardest worker' and present them to the boss at an awards ceremony. This is sure to bring some laughs while also recognizing the boss's accomplishments.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Boss’s Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Boss’s Day is about recognizing hard work</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>National Boss's Day is an opportunity to recognize and appreciate the hardworking bosses in our lives. It's a chance for us to express our gratitude for all that they do and show them just how much we value their leadership and dedication to the job.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's a great way to build relationships</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>National Boss's Day also provides a wonderful opportunity to build strong relationships with your boss. Not only does showing appreciation for their efforts help foster a positive working environment; it may also create opportunities for future growth and development professionally!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Celebratory Opportunities</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>National Boss's Day creates special celebratory opportunities for both employers and employees alike. From gifts or cards of appreciation, to office celebrations or team lunches, there are endless ways to make sure your boss knows just how much they mean to everyone!</p></div></div>

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When is National Boss’s Day?

National Boss's Day is celebrated on October 16 every year. In 2024 National Boss's Day will occur on a Wednesday.

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