Are You Ready for National Boss Day?
You have two options here – you can completely ignore it, or use the opportunity to suck-up. In case you’re unfamiliar with the holiday – I’m talking about National Boss’ Day which falls on Monday 17th this year.
National Boss’ Day has become an international celebration in recent years and is celebrated in the United States, as well as countries such as Australia, India, South Africa and Canada. National Boss’ Day, also known as Boss’ Day is observed on October 16 or on the nearest working day.
National Boss Day began when Patricia Bays Haroski registered “National Boss’ Day” with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 1958. She was working as a secretary for State Farm Insurance Company in Deerfield, Illinois at the time and chose October 8 because she forgot that the birthday of her boss, who was her farther, was actually on the 16th. Four years later in 1962, Illinois Governor Otto Kerner backed Haroski’s registration and officially proclaimed the day.
Not surprisingly, the controversial holiday has been the source of some criticism in the U.S., where it is sometimes mocked as a Hallmark Holiday.
So the question is – do you go out and buy your boss a gift, and if you do, what do you buy if you want to suck up without appearing to be a suck up. Here are some suggestions:
- Chocolates for everyone to share. Better yet – ask your co-workers to chip in.
- The good old Starbucks card. Slip it onto their desk – nobody needs to know.
To be honest, we could come up with a long drawn out list of gift items, but the aforementioned are your best bet.
“By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day.” - Robert Frost