Last Updated: 18th September, 2020

When is Boss's Day?

Friday, 16th of October 2020

Boss's Day, also known as National Boss Day or Bosses Day, is celebrated every year on 16 October. When the holiday falls on a weekend, it is generally celebrated on the working day closest to October 16. This day is dedicated to all employers and is observed in the United States, Canada, India, Australia, South Africa and Lithuania. The purpose of this day is show their boss some appreciation and thank them for being kind and fair throughout the year. This day is observed to strengthen the relationships between employers and employees. It is not a public holiday and schools, government buildings or businesses have normal opening hours.

History of Boss's Day

The history of Boss's Day dates can be traced back to 1958. This is when Patricia Bays Haroski, an employee of State Farm Insurance Co. in Deerfield, Illinois, decided to register Boss day as a holiday with the U.S Chamber of Commerce. She chose October 16th as the Boss day because it was her father's birthday, who also happened to be her boss. The purpose of her creating this holiday was not only to honor her own boss but so all employees could honor their bosses. She also believed that Boss's Day would become instrumental in improving employer-employee relations. In 1962, Illinois Governor Otto Kerner backed Haroski's registration and officially proclaimed the day as an observance. She also believed that Boss's Day would become instrumental in improving employer-employee relations.

Boss's Day Customs & Celebrations

Boss's Day Celebrations

Traditionally, Boss's Day was celebrated by an employee giving their boss or supervisor a card. However, in recent years give their bosses cards, candy, chocolates, gift certificates, or flowers on Boss's Day and some offices are pooling their money together to buy even bigger gifts. It has received both praise and controversy.

Boss's Day Dates

Date Holiday Year Day
October 17 Boss's Day 2016 Monday
October 16 Boss's Day 2017 Monday
October 16 Boss's Day 2018 Tuesday
October 16 Boss's Day 2019 Wednesday
October 16 Boss's Day 2020 Friday
October 16 Boss's Day 2021 Saturday
October 17 Boss's Day 2022 Monday
October 16 Boss's Day 2023 Monday
October 16 Boss's Day 2024 Wednesday
October 16 Boss's Day 2025 Thursday

11 Interesting facts about bosses day

Boss's Day
  • October 16th is celebrated nationwide and all credit goes to Patricia Haroski who submitted a proposal to the Governor of Illinois asking for a day to remember all the bosses
  • The term 'boss' is derived from the Dutch word 'baas' which means master, a title given to a captain on a ship.
  • The first time 'Boss' was used as an American English term in 1625. It was done so that the Americans could replace the use of the word 'master'.
  • The word 'boss' became popular in the 1950s as a slang term for top notch or first rate.
  • Boss is supposed to the 3714th most common last name in the USA.
  • 40% of the world's total boss population are female bosses. Approximately only 12% of American companies have female CEOs.
  • Boss's Day is also now celebrated in Canada, South Africa, India, Ireland, Egypt, and Australia.
  • Boss's Day gifts ideas for female boss can include flowers, cards, gift baskets, business stationary, lunches, wine or chocolate.
  • Boss's Day gifts for men can include cards, gift certificates, business stationary, mugs, golf gifts, whiskey, cigars, pens, mugs
  • Boss's Day is a controversial holiday. Not everyone approve that employees should be honoring bosses. They feel gift-giving in the workplace should be from a boss to an employee and not the other way around.
  • This day is not only observed in the United States but is also observed in Canada, India and Lithuania, South Africa, India, Ireland, Egypt, and Australia.