October 16th is National Boss’s Day in the Unites States, giving workers a chance to appreciate their employers. Since numerous surveys and studies have shown that one of the most important factors in determining workplace satisfaction is a positive and healthy relationship between supervisor and employee, the holiday could be a good time to improve that relationship – or show them how much you value it.
You may think Boss’s Day is a Hallmark Holiday – but actually, Hallmark didn’t start recognizing it with cards until 1979, which is 21 years after it was started by an employee of State Farm Insurance. Patricia Bays Haroski of Deerfield, Illinois registered the holiday with the U.S Chamber of Commerce in 1958, choosing her father’s birthday – October 16th – as the day because she thought he was a great boss (he was her boss at the time).
Boss’s Day is not an official national holiday in the United States but it’s widely celebrated here and in countries such as England, Australia, and South Africa. Egypt also celebrates this secular holiday, but theirs falls on December 10th.
Why do we call our employers “boss”? It comes from the Dutch word “baas”, which means “master”, and was often given to the captain of a ship. Americans started using it in place of “master” in 1625.
The word boss doesn’t always refer only to a supervisor or employer: in the 1950’s it became a popular slang term for something great or top-notch. So you could technically refer to your boss as a “boss boss”, if they’re particularly great. The word doesn’t always such have illustrious associations though – on a farm, it can also refer to a cow. The way you use it to refer to your own boss is up to you!