Wednesday, October 16, is National Boss Day and if you're wondering how it became a National holiday, it all started with a daughter who just wanted to honor her dad.

In 1958  Patricia Bays Haroski was working for an insurance company when she registered National Boss Day with the United States Chamber of Commerce.  Haroski hand-picked the date, October 16th, because that was her dad's birthday and he just so happened to be her boss. Haroski thought that there should be a special day where not only her boss but other bosses could be recognized for all that they do. If you're thinking that Haroski just did this to kiss up to her dad-boss, think again. Haroski says her goal was actually to help improve relationships between employees and their supervisors.

While the day was registered in 1958, it wasn't until 1962 that the first official National Boss Day happened thanks to the backing of Illinois Governor Otto Kerner who officially proclaimed the day.

If you'd like to do something nice for the person who puts up with your antics day in and day out, but don't want to break the bank, here are a few thoughtful things you can do or put together quickly for your boss:

  • Run to the grocery store and pick up your boss's favorite cookies and leave them on their desk.
  • Buy your boss a cup of coffee.
  • Bring in bagels or donuts for everyone to enjoy in celebration of the day.
  • Buy your boss a simple floral arrangement and have it delivered.
  • Fill a glass jar with your boss's favorite candy so they can keep it on their desk.

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