Contrary to popular belief, Hallmark Cards, Inc. isn’t responsible for starting all the “holidays” that now fill every single day of the calendar. In fact, the real origins of many of the lesser-known holidays are often very interesting – such is the case with Boss’s Day.
Boss’s Day is a day of observance that can trace its beginning back to 1958 when a secretary for State Farm Insurance Company named Patricia Bays Haroski decided that a special day dedicated to show appreciation for her bosses was in order.
It’s no coincidence that her dad was also her boss, and this particular date was chosen because it happened to be his birthday.
Regardless, her intentions seemed to be good as she believed that young employees did not always understand the hard work and dedication that their supervisors and the challengers they facet. She also believed that an observance such as this would improve intra-office relationships between managers and employees; so she registered “National Boss’ Day” with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that same year.
Speaking of Hallmark, the 107-year-old American company didn’t even produce a Boss’s Day card until 1979, although they have since made it one of their annual offerings and even increased the size of their Boss’s Day line by 28% in 2007.