Boss's Day

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Boss' Day
Boss Balloons (1749047073).jpg
Balloons for Boss' Day
Observed byUnited States
DateOctober 16 (or nearest working day)

Boss' 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 as nothing more than a meaningless Hallmark Holiday.


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 for her father, at the time and chose October 16, which was her father's birthday.

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' Day card for sale until 1979.[3] It increased the size of its National Boss' Day line by 28 percent in 2007.[4]


  1. ^ Calendar Updates. "National Boss Day". Archived from the original on 2013-11-04. Retrieved 2013-10-28.
  2. ^ "Time and Date – Boss' Day in United States". Retrieved 27 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Hallmark". Retrieved 27 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Reading Eagle Oct 12, 2008". Retrieved 17 October 2013.


  • Sasoon, R (2009). Going Through the Miles to Become a Boss. NY, New York. Crossroads Press.