National Boss Day
- According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 11 million people work in managerial and executive roles. (May 2015)
- Workplace surveys confirm that one of the most important elements of job satisfaction is a positive relationship between supervisor and employee.
- Although the observance of National Boss Day began in 1958, Hallmark first produced Boss Day cards in 1979.
Celebrated Oct. 16 or the closest work day
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.
If the holiday falls on a weekend, it is celebrated on the closest work day.
National Boss Day has become an international celebration in recent years and is now observed in countries such as England, Australia and South Africa.