Today is Boss’ Day

Or is is “Boss’s”? Either way, say thanks to your boss for something or other.

Here’s what Wikipedia had to say about Boss’s Day:

Patricia Bays Haroski registered “National Boss’s 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 16 because it was the birthday of her boss, who happened to be her father.

Four years later in 1962, Illinois Governor Otto Kerner backed Haroski’s registration and officially proclaimed the day.

Hallmark did not offer a Boss’s Day card for sale until 1979, but increased the size of its National Boss Day line by 90 percent in 2007 by creating collections of new and innovative cards.

And on observance:

National Boss’s Day is usually celebrated by presenting one’s boss with a small gift or greeting card. It is also customary to treat one’s boss with kindness, very similar to a birthday.

I got my boss a card yesterday and got everyone to sign it. She really appreciated the gesture.

But while researching Boss’s Day yesterday on Wikipedia, it had an entry in the same article stating that October 17th is “Information Specialist’s Day”. However, the Boss’s Day posting no longer has this entry as of today, and I can’t find anything on the web about it. Perhaps someone was playing a joke? Or maybe our boss went in and edited it when we said we all wanted a free lunch (we would pay for her meal, but she pays for all of ours). Intriguing!

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  • I hope it really was boss’ day because we took our boss’ out for lunch and got them cards! It was amazing to see how much they appreciated the gesture, it will definitely be a yearly tradition here on out in my department. A reminder that being appreciated at work can go a far way.

  • Maybe I’m odd, but being “the boss” of 16 people, I actually found Boss’ Day to be somewhat uncomfortable. I try to treat everyone evenly and fairly, but that’s difficult when a small group of people go out of their way to say something or send a card, but the rest of the group does not.

    Even though its origins are different (as described above) I see it as yet another Hallmark Holiday which we could do without…

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