Boss’s day

Boss’s day

Boss’s day is observed on 16th October every year, and if it falls on a weekend then it is celebrated on the day nearest to 16th October. Whether you have a boss, manager, or are actually one yourself, Boss’s Day is a day to celebrate the achievements of your boss show how much you appreciate them.

They are there for you through thick and thin. With a positive attitude, inspiring work ethic, and challenging goals, your boss makes coming to work every day feel less like a job and more like a joy. The purpose of the holiday is for employees to show bosses appreciation for all the hard work and dedication they put into their jobs.

Boss’s Day is celebrated in the United States, Canada, India, Australia, and South Africa, and provides an opportunity for employees to show appreciation for what their boss has done for them and the team with a recognition gift this Boss’s Day.


Patricia Bays 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. Inspired by her father as she watched him successfully run the company despite all challenges he faced, Patricia decided that she wanted to do something that would both honor him and motivate his employees at the same time. In honor of the elder Haroski’s birthday – October 16 – Patricia registered the day with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

She created the holiday to create better relationships between employees and their supervisors and ever since folks have been sending cards to their bosses every year. Four years later, National Boss Day was backed by Illinois Governor Otto Kerner who officially proclaimed the day in 1962. The idea quickly became popular across the country and is now even observed in England, Australia, Canada, Ireland, India, Egypt, and South Africa.

On Boss’s Day, it’s not really necessary to give a gift — but it helps. Employees who frequently get ahead at work (with either good or bad bosses) are those who know how to “manage up”. But it wasn’t until Hallmark started producing National Boss Day cards in 1979 that the holiday took on a whole new form. Today, the company produces dozens of different cards ranging from professional to humorous, specifically to male or female bosses, or from an individual or group.

However, every good boss knows that celebrating Boss’s Day isn’t just about receiving gifts and feeling appreciated. It should really be about showing that appreciation back and meeting the expectations that your team has set for you as a business leader.

Bosses and employees have a special relationship that needs to be fostered properly – a relationship that should be celebrated all year long, not just on Employee Appreciation Day or National Boss’s Day. Boss’s Day has become a fun office holiday that allows employees to show their appreciation for all their bosses does for them.

Boss’s Day Quotes

Boss day quote

  • Whatever action is performed by a great man, common men follow in his footsteps, and whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all the world pursues. – Bhagavad-Gita

  • “The person who knows HOW will always have a job. The person who knows WHY will always be his boss.” – Alanis Morissette

  • If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss, he doesn’t have tenure. – Bill Gates

  • “By working faithfully 8 hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work 12 hours a day.” – Robert Frost

  • “The speed of the boss is the speed of the team.” – Lee Iacocca

  • One measure of leadership is the caliber of people who follow you. – Dennis A. Peer

  • “It’s not about money. It’s about the people you have, and how you’re led.” – Steve Jobs

  • “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” – Warren Buffett

  • I’m a big believer in picking your boss, not the job. Great people create great jobs. – Nancy Dubuc

  • People ask the difference between a leader and a boss… The leader works in the open and the boss in covert. The leader leads and the boss drives. – Theodore Roosevelt

  • If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader. – John Quincy Adams

Happy Boss’s Day Messages

Boss's day wishes

  • You’re more than a boss – you’re a mentor and a leader. Thanks for everything you do.

  • Your support and dedication to your work is inspiring to everyone. Thanks for being such an outstanding leader.

  • I should probably say it more often but I appreciate all the hard work you do for the company. You’re a real asset.

  • I’ve had some pretty good bosses over the years but I can honestly say you’re the best yet! Happy Boss Day

  • A card or cake could never express how much you mean to us. Thank you for being our champion, our cheerleader, and our fearless leader.

Boss's day wishes

  • “Warm wishes on the occasion of Boss’s Day to the boss who has been supportive of creativity and risk. I am glad to be a part of your team.”

  • Happy Boss Day to you, dear boss. May you step on the ladder of success and touch new heights every day.

  • Happy Boss’s Day to someone who does so much for this company and its employees.

  • ‘Happy Boss’s Day to someone who lives the mission and vision of our company, and always goes the extra mile.

  • It is always a pleasure to work with a boss who knows how to bring out the best in people.

Boss's day wishes

  • ‘You deserve recognition more than one day a year for all the responsibilities you handle so smoothly.’

  • Keep it coming, keep me gainfully busy, keep it happening! Thank you for being my Boss.

  • I only bring my A-game because I have such an exceptional coach. Thanks for sharing your best plays.

  • Happy Boss’s Day to someone who does so much for this company and its employees.

Suggested Read: Important Days In October


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Simmi Kamboj is the Founder and Administrator of Ritiriwaz, your one-stop guide to Indian Culture and Tradition. She had a passion for writing about India's lifestyle, culture, tradition, travel, and is trying to cover all Indian Cultural aspects of Daily Life.