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What day is National Boss’ Day? October 16 (or closest working day)

What is National Boss’ Day? National Boss’ Day celebrates bosses. Being a boss is hard, so give them a break. Here are some good traits of being a good boss according to one source:

  • Good Bosses maintain control and get things done.
  • Good Bosses foster a sense of community, making room for everyone.
  • Good Bosses invite creative thinking.
  • Good Bosses create an open environment for voicing concern and frustration.
  • Good Bosses encourage career development for their employees.
  • Good Bosses run effective and efficient meetings.
  • Good Bosses build trust so people feel safe.
  • Good Bosses generate happiness in the workplace.
  • Good Bosses make sure people are responsible for their roles and actions.
  • Good Bosses know how to praise and show gratitude.

How to celebrate National Boss’ Day: Show appreciation for you boss today, such as bringing in donuts to the office or writing a nice note. Go on, give your boss a compliment and even thank them! Make it your goal to make your boss look good and succeed. A ship rises and sinks together, so let your boss know you are part of the team. Share pictures of your boss or an office party on social media. You might even post a copy of the nice note or gift you gave your boss on Facebook. 

When was this day created? Although National Boss’ Day (or National Bosses Day) began in 1958, the first Hallmark card was sold 1979. This national day was created by Patricia Bays Haroski, an employee at State Farm Insurance Company in Deerfield, Ill. She chose October 16, the day of her dad’s birthday, because she felt he was great boss.

What is the hashtag for National Boss’ Day? The hashtag for National Boss’ Day is #BossDay.

What other national days are there for bosses, workers or employment? Several other national days have sprung up to celebrate employment, including:

  • National Administrative Professionals’ Day Wed aft. last full week in Apr
  • National American Business Women’s Day September 22
  • National Boss/Employee Exchange Day Mon. after Labor Day
  • National Community Manager Apprec. Day January 25
  • National Employee Appreciation Day First Friday in March
  • National Hug Your Boss Day August 23 (Changes annually)
  • National Job Action Day November 5
  • National Receptionists Day Second Wed. in May
  • National Report Medicare Fraud September 12
  • National System Admin. Appreciation Day Last Fri. in July

There are many other national days relating to employment or business. In fact, National Day Archives has a separate category just for Business/Office/Finances.  Why not create a new national day related to your job? It’s easier than you think. Click on the link at the top right of this page. In the meantime, enjoy National Boss’ Day!