October 16th is Boss’ Day, which got me wondering…should we care?
By definition, our bosses are higher up the corporate food chain than we are. It’s a safe assumption that as a result, they make more money than we do and have greater access to the nexus of power. Anyone confused about this just has to check out their department’s organizational chart.
In my 20+ years of Corporate America, I’m here to say that I’ve had many bosses, yet I can’t recall ever recognizing one of them on this illustrious occasion….and I’m really into meaningful gifts!
I decided to do a completely unscientific poll and asked 20 random corporate types if they had ever celebrated Boss’ Day. It turns out I wasn’t alone. To a person, the only time bosses were celebrated was by their admins. How did we get here?
It turns out National Boss’ Day was registered with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 1958 by Patricia Bays Haroski. At the time, she was a secretary who worked for her father at State Farm Insurance Company in Deerfield, IL. She designated the day to “show the appreciation for her bosses she thought they deserved.” In 1962, the governor of Illinois made an official proclamation about the day and then it became a really official holiday once Hallmark started making Boss’ Day cards in 1979.
So should we celebrate Boss’ Day? As always, if you don’t feel like it, don’t do it. A gift, or even an acknowledgment, should always be authentic. If you do feel like your boss should be remembered on this day, go for it. I’m sure your boss will be touched by your gesture, even if it’s as simple as a brief email.
And if you happen to be an admin, thank you for all you do for your boss each and every day. You are the unsung heroes who are the heartbeat of the organization. As bosses, we are lucky to have you and we look forward to celebrating a far more meaningful holiday on April 22, 2015: Admin’s Day.