It seems like every month there is a “new” holiday everyone is talking about: National Doughnut Day, National Pizza Day, National Poetry Day, etc., and October is no different. Thanks to Patricia Bays Haroski, we celebrate National Boss’ Day every Oct. 16. In 1958, while working at State Farm Insurance Company, Haroski registered National Boss’ Day with the United States Chamber of Commerce. She wanted to create the holiday as a way to show appreciation to her boss and other bosses and chose the date Oct. 16 because it was her father’s birthday.
Four years later, Illinois Gov. Otto Kerner officially proclaimed Oct. 16 as National Boss’ Day. It’s so popular that bosses in the United Kingdom, Australia and South Africa are celebrated on this day too.
To thank your bosses for all they do, here are six ways to show appreciation.
A thoughtful card is always a great way to show appreciation to your boss, especially when it’s from the team. Select a card that reflects his or her personality and have everyone sign it with a personal message or specific examples of your boss’ contributions. You can also ask your colleagues to pitch in on a gift card to your boss’ favorite place as an added touch.
Show your pastry skills and bake something sweet for your boss and co-workers like cookies, brownies, cupcakes or a cake, and include a special message on the dessert as a sweet surprise. The homemade treat will pair nicely with the team card.
Give a Gift
Gifts are the quintessential way to show appreciation to someone, so have everyone on the team contribute to a gift fund for your boss. Some examples include: a Starbucks or Teavana gift basket, engraved whiskey stones or a custom coffee mug. You know their personality best, so get something you know they’ll love.
A potluck is easy to organize and is a great way for everyone in the office to contribute to Boss’ Day while also bonding with one another. Create a spreadsheet where everyone can fill out what they will bring and include a list of ingredients with the dishes for people with allergies. Take the bonding to the next level and have everyone share a witty story or moment they encountered with the boss.
Decorate Their Office
You may need an admin to let you in their office, but surprise your boss and decorate their room with streamers, balloons, jars of candy and signs like “World’s Greatest Boss.” This is another way to bond with the team and it’s a fun way to start the day!
Bosses are leaders who inspire, so reverse the roles and give your boss some daily inspiration with a rock garden. Gather some rocks, put them in a bowl and pass them out to your co-workers for everyone to write an inspirational message on it. When things get stressful around the office, these rocks can be a guiding light.