On October 16, workplaces all over the United States celebrate National Boss's Day, a secular holiday in which employees show support and appreciation for their managers. According to ancient legends (and Wikipedia), the origins of this day date back to 1958, when a secretary named Patricia Bays Haroski registered the day with The US Chamber of Commerce. She chose October 16 since this was her father's birthday and she was working for her father at the time in Deerfield, Illinois. Patricia wanted to celebrate the relationship between boss and employee, and the idea caught on.
Four years later the day was proclaimed official by the governor of Illinois, and by 1979, Hallmark had started producing a line of greeting cards in honor of bosses everywhere.
If your company encourages a traditional acknowledgement of Boss's Day, go ahead and join in the fun.
And if you're not the type to buy into pseudo-holidays trumped up by the card industry, that's okay too. You don't have to be a tool of a big greeting card company to offer your boss a simple word of thanks. If, on the other hand, you don't think your boss deserves a high five or pat on the back, that's another issue.
Before you blow off the day (and your boss's ability) altogether, keep a few things in mind.
Your Boss's Working Hours
You may be more concerned about your own hours than the work schedules of those around you, but while you scramble to get in on time, keep an eye on your boss. There's a chance they get to the office before you in the morning and they stay later than you do at night. Not to mention, they may be working from home while you're out gallivanting or relaxing. Those extra hours might benefit the CEO and company shareholders, not you, but they also mean your boss really wants to be a good boss, and they're spending at least some of that time thinking about how to keep you happy and motivated by giving you the resources you need.
Your Boss Protects You in Ways You Don't Recognize
You don't see everything your boss does when you aren't around, and if a company manager or board member thinks you're being paid too much or your job requires justification in order to continue existing, your boss will be the one who steps up on your behalf.
Your Boss Doesn't Despise You as Much as You Think
That blistering criticism you received on your last review? Your boss did not enjoy delivering that. In fact, your boss probably dreaded that conversation more than you can imagine. But it's their job to present you with both positive and negative feedback, so that's what happened.
Your Boss Wants Your Approval
There's nothing better than being the cool boss who employees respect and also like, but that's a tall order. Most bosses can manage one or the other, but not both. So appreciate the fact that your boss is genuinely trying and genuinely feels a warm glow (though it may not show) every time you offer a thumbs up.
Your Boss Works Hard to Keep Your Work Meaningful
In some jobs and some industries, the work is somewhat obvious, and it's laid out for employees the minute they come in the door. Doctors treat sick people, teachers teach, bricklayers lay brick, and so on. But in other industries, the work is abstract, and it rises and falls with business cycles that are difficult to track. Sometimes the work you're being paid for isn't cut and dried, and it can be difficult to assign projects that make the best use of your time and talents. Give your boss some credit for recognizing your skills and utilizing them in ways that benefit both the company and your own career.
–In order to gain respect at work, show respect to those around you, starting with your boss. For more on how to build your working relationships and take your career in the right direction, have a look through some of the articles at MyPerfectResume.