National Boss's Day – October 16, 2020

Fri Oct 16

October 16 is National Boss’s Day, a chance to celebrate the people who keep us gainfully employed!Boss” has been used as slang to describe something cool or excellent, so if you are blessed with a great boss, you could call ‘em a boss boss. Whatever you call them, do a little something for the boss in your life. 

When is National Boss's Day 2020?

National Boss Day is celebrated on October 16 ever year, although some choose to observe it on the nearest working day if October 16 falls on a weekend.

History of National Boss's Day

In 1958, Patricia Bays Haroski registered National Boss’s Days as a holiday with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in honor of her father, who was also her employer. She created the holiday to improve office relationships between supervisors and their employees as well as raise cognizance to all the hard work boss’s put into their jobs. She felt as if younger employees didn’t appreciate their bosses enough, and knowing first hand what her father went through to make a company run smooth, set out to change that viewpoint. However, it wasn’t until Illinois Governor Otto Kerner supported Haroski’s registration four years later, that the day officially became a national holiday.

National Boss's Day timeline

19th century
Boss moves

Americans start saying the word boss (taken from the Dutch word "baas") in workplaces to avoid saying the word "master".

1958
Save the date

Patricia Bays Haroski registers National Boss's Day with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in honor of her father, who's birthday is October 16.

1962
Make it official

National Boss's Day officially becomes a holiday thanks to the help of Governor Otto Kerner.

1979
A Hallmark moment

Hallmark starts offering National Boss's Day cards for sale.

National Boss Day Traditions

The main tradition on Boss Day is if you have a great boss, find a way of letting them know. Whilst some go beyond this and buy a card or a gift, it’s not really necessary.

National Boss Day By Numbers

11 million – The number of people working in a supervisor or management role in the U.S.
40% – The percentage of female bosses throughout the world
86% – The percentage of companies who say developing new leaders is an urgent need.
65% – The percentage of employees who see opportunities to become a leader as important.
43% – The percentage of people who say feeling appreciated at work makes them feel more confident.
67% – Prefer to work for a company and people whose mission they believe in.

National Boss's Day FAQs

Is today National Boss's Day?

National Boss’s Day comes around on October 16 every year. Show your boss how much you appreciate them and all the work they do.

Why do we celebrate Boss's Day?

National Boss’s Day is celebrated in order to strengthen employee/employer relationships as well as show appreciation to the bosses in our lives.

Who started National Boss Day?

Patricia Bays Haroski created National Boss’s Day in honor of her boss, who also happened to be her father

Is Boss's grammatically correct?

“Boss’s” is grammatically correct when using the possessive noun. “Bosses” is the plural form of the noun.

National Boss's Day Activities

  1. Chip in to make their days great

    In honor of the day, why not get a cute greeting card for you and all of your coworkers to sign? Or pitch in to buy a fun gift or something that they've talked about needing. Have a hard-to-buy-for boss? Consider making a donation in their name to a local charity.

  2. Tell them what they mean to you

    Send your boss a heartfelt email telling them how much you appreciate them. If you’re feeling fancy, you can write an old-fashioned letter thanking them for the inspiration and dedication they've shown to you. Either way, they'll appreciate you appreciating them.

  3. Help out on the job

    Unless you know your boss’s tastes in books or flowers, try an intangible gesture. Ask them what step you could take to make their job easier. The reply might be something as simple as showing up on time or making sure the printer paper gets refilled—but it could also be a chance to grow as a professional and take point on a daily report or a quarterly goal. Either way, the offer to go above and beyond will doubtless be appreciated.

Why We Love National Boss's Day

  1. They gave us our jobs

    They hired us, pay us, and keep our workplace afloat. It’s a lot of responsibility to manage other people, but someone's got to do it! 

  2. They take the blame when things go badly

    When the client backs out or the contract is lost, odds are your boss is the one going under the bus. Bosses fall on their swords for us more often than we may realize, and they understand that it’s part of their position to do so. Now go and buy them some thank you chocolate!

  3. They are mentors and more

    The best bosses are excellent judges of character and can see our potential, sometimes even before we do. Many of them take immense pleasure in helping younger, less experienced colleagues develop their own abilities, network, and generally succeed in their field. And, by doing so, they can boost your career into the stratosphere. If you’ve found a boss like that, consider yourself lucky!

National Boss's Day dates

YearDateDay
2020October 16Friday
2021October 16Saturday
2022October 16Sunday
2023October 16Monday
2024October 16Wednesday

Let’s get social

Here are some special hashtags for the day.

#NationalBossDay #BossDay #BestBossEver #HappyBossDay

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