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Boss's day memo October 16th!
Boss's Day Gift Ideas

Mark your calendars for Monday,
October 16th to celebrate Bosses Day.

Patricia Haroski, a secretary from Deerfield, Illinois, originated National Boss Day in 1958 in honor of her white-collar father, who helped all of his children with good advice throughout their careers.

In honor of the elder Haroski's birthday - October 16 - daughter Patricia registered the day with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Four years later, National Boss Day was backed by Illinois Governor Otto Kerner who officially proclaimed the day in 1962. The idea quickly gained favor across the country and is now even observed in England, Australia and South Africa.

Today, National Boss Day (or Bosses Day) always falls on October 16 and is traditionally celebrated with greeting cards, e-cards, flowers, gifts, and a few extra smiles in honor of the big Boss Man or Lady.

This year, mark your calendars for Tuesday, October 16, 2018 for the official day to honor your boss on Bosses Day!

What to get the boss on Boss's Day

One word might describe a gift for the boss on Bosses Day - awkward. Make it less so by asking their admin or secretary about their likes and dislikes. Keep it light, and if your boss has a good sense of humor, make it funny. But not TOO funny.

And if in doubt, always err on the side of inexpensive. A lavish gift may prove embarassing for the boss, and will probably earn you a reputation as a "suck-up" with your colleagues.

For a personal, humorous, or group gift check out more tips and advice at Boss's Day gift ideas.

DID YOU KNOW? Boss's Day fun facts

good boss, bad boss
Good bosses, bad bosses.

• While it's almost a requirement for bosses to treat staff to a holiday lunch or give gifts on Administrative Assistants Day, it's not really necessary to give a gift for Boss's Day. But it helps. Employees who frequently get ahead at work (with either good or bad bosses) are those who learn how to "manage up".

• The original observance of Boss's Day in the US has now spread worldwide to Canada, Australia, Ireland, India, South Africa and Egypt.

• Hallmark greeting cards began publishing Boss's Day cards in 1979. Today, the company produces dozens of different cards ranging from professional to humorous, to male or female bosses, or from an individual or group.

• In pop culture, good bosses include Captain Jean-Luc Picard from "Star Trek" and Dr. Miranda Bailey from "Grey's Anatomy". Those rated "bad" or "impossible" bosses include Miranda Priestly from "The Devil Wears Prada" quickly followed by Michael Scott from "The Office".

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More about Boss's Day around the Web:


Bosses Day E-Cards - A good selection with dozens of Boss's Day e-cards including Flash, animated and postcard greetings.

Printable boss's day cards- Featuring sincere "thanks you's" to funny sentiments of the day, from American Greetings.

Bosses Day Quotes - A collection of some witty and profound thoughts on the subject of work and leadership, from the Quote Garden.

For Boss Day, a few tips for the fearless leader - MSNBC report with more tips on what makes a great boss.

Fast Facts About American Bosses - Interesting factoids and trivia, from

Managing Your Boss - A good read anytime of year with expert advice for managing up - featuring tips on how to build positive relationships with bosses and managers, with suggested related resources.

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