National Boss’s Day | Celebrating without a brown nose

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Celebrating Boss's Day is a potential social minefield. Image: Akumar / Flickr / CC-BY-SA

National Boss’s Day has been a recognized holiday in the United States since 1962 or so. Since it was first registered in 1958, National Boss’s Day has become a phenomenon in six countries. There are good ways to celebrate National Boss’s Day, but it is important to keep your co-workers in mind.

The basics of National Boss’s Day

In 1958, Patricia Bays Haroski registered “National Boss’s Day” with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Patricia had forgotten about her dad’s birthday, and he also happened to be her boss. In 1962, Illinois officially declared “National Boss’s Day” a recognized holiday in the state. By 1979, National Boss’s Day was generally recognized in the United States. Within the last decade, National Boss’s Day has been celebrated to some extent in Australia, South Africa, India, Ireland and the U.K.

National Boss’s Day in a recession

Celebrating National Boss’s Day when unemployment is high can be a sticky issue. A survey recently reported by Reuters has found that most employees actually feel closer to their bosses. Employees are also much more willing to take extra steps to get in good with their bosses. One in five employees in America has said that, if given the option, they would have an affair with their boss if it would help their career.

Celebrating National Boss’s Day

National Boss’s Day can be a very difficult holiday to celebrate. While a boss is in a position of authority over employees, there is more of a desire to treat them like a friend. Co-workers may see a card or a gift given to the boss on National Boss’s Day to be “brown-nosing” or “sucking up” to the boss. In order to avoid the appearance of impropriety and bad feelings in the office, one must celebrate National Boss’s Day with care. Emily Post, for example, suggests that all employees give a single group gift to the boss, to ensure that nobody is feeling left out or upstaged.


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