History of Boss Day

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Did you know there was such a thing as Boss’ Day?

This is a day that was designed for employees to thank their boss for being “kind and fair throughout the year.” 

In 1958, a secretary for State Farm Insurance in Deerfield, Illinois decided to do something special to honor her boss on his birthday.  It didn’t hurt that her boss was also her Dad.  She registered “Boss’ Day” with the Chamber of Commerce that year.  Four years later, in 1962, the Illinois governor officially proclaimed the day. 

Patricia Bays Haroski, the employee to register Boss’ Day, felt that this was a wonderful strategy to improve interoffice relationships between managers and their employees. 

This holiday is now observed in other countries around the world, including Australia, India, Ireland and Egypt. 

Even Hallmark provides a card line for Boss’ Day.

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