National Boss Day

Always observed October 16


  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 6.4 million people work in managerial roles. (May 2012)
  • Workplace surveys confirm that one of the most important elements of job satisfaction is a positive relationship between a supervisor and employee.
  • Although National Boss Day began in 1958, Hallmark first produced Boss Day cards in 1979.

2015 Product Features

  • Hallmark offers more than 56 National Boss Day cards. Cards range in price from $1.99 to $4.99.
  • Cards range in tone from formal to humorous, and many express appreciation. New messages tend to be more authentic and “true to life,” while designs feature more illustrations and photography.
  • Designs and messages appropriate for both men and women are available, as are cards for a work group to present collectively.
  • Hallmark offers gifts appropriate for National Boss Day as well as many gift wrap options.
  • provides a selection of paper cards that can be personalized with photos and messages online and mailed directly to recipients. 
  • also offers National Boss Day ecards, available with a subscription.

Holiday History

National Boss Day began in 1958 when Patricia Bays Haroski, then an employee at State Farm Insurance Company in Deerfield, Ill., registered the holiday with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Haroski chose Oct. 16, her father’s birthday, as the date for National Boss Day because she felt he was an exemplary boss.

National Boss Day has become an international celebration in recent years and now is observed in countries such as England, Australia and South Africa.

In Stores & Online

Available at Hallmark Gold Crown® stores nationwide, online at and wherever Hallmark products are sold. Use the store locator on to find the nearest Hallmark Gold Crown store.


Fun Fact

In 1915, Hall Brothers purchased engraving presses to begin printing and publishing greeting cards, becoming a manufacturer for the first time.