Boss's Day

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World Boss's Day
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Balloons for Boss's Day
Observed by United States
Date October 16 (or nearest working day)
2017 date October 16
2018 date October 16
2019 date October 16
2020 date October 16
Frequency annual

Boss's Day is generally observed on or around October 16 in the United States. It has traditionally been a day for employees to thank their bosses for being kind and fair throughout the year, but some have opposed the concept.


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 16, which was her father's birthday. She was working for her father at the time. The purpose of designating a special day in the workplace is to show the appreciation for her bosses she thought they deserved. This was also a strategy to attempt to improve intra-office relationships between managers and their employees. Haroski believed that young employees sometimes did not understand the hard work and dedication that their supervisors put into their work and the challenges they faced.[1] Four years later, in 1962, Illinois Governor Otto Kerner backed Haroski's registration and officially proclaimed the day.[2]

Hallmark Cards did not offer a Boss's Day card for sale until 1979.[3] It increased the size of its National Boss's Day line by 28 percent in 2007.[4]

However, there has been increasing pushback on the "celebration" of Boss's Day. The general consensus of those opposing is that employees should not feel obligated to purchase gifts for their employers who have more power and generally make more money, and that any gift-giving in the workplace should flow downward.[5]


  1. ^ Calendar Updates. "National Boss Day". Archived from the original on 2013-11-04. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  2. ^ "Time and Date – Boss's Day in United States". Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Hallmark". Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Reading Eagle Oct 12, 2008". Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "USA Today – 5 Reasons Boss's Day is Total BS". Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
  • Sasoon, R (2009). Going Through the Miles to Become a Boss. NY, New York. Crossroads Press.