Happy National Boss’s Day!
October 16th, 2018 by David Minces
Today marks the 60th year since Patricia Bays Haroski, a secretary for State Farm Insurance in Illinois, submitted her idea for a national holiday: “National Boss’s Day” to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Haroski’s boss also happened to be her father, and his birthday was October 16. She proposed that this date (unless it fell on a weekend), become a day to honor and appreciate our bosses. In addition to observing appreciation, Haroski felt the holiday would improve workplace relationships and help lower-level employees understand the efforts and challenges faced by their supervisors.
In 1962, Otto Kerner, Governor of Illinois, supported Haroski’s submission to the Chamber of Commerce. In 1979 Hallmark began selling Boss’s Day cards. Over 25 years after Ms. Haroski’s submission, the holiday became nationally recognized in 1984. Since the mid-2000s sales of Boss’s Day cards have expanded and increased and a spike in observance has been noted.
Whether you work for a large corporation, a small business, or are a boss yourself, we hope you will take the time today to appreciate the boss or bosses in your life (even if that is yourself). “By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day.” – Robert Frost
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