There really is a registered national day for celebrating bosses. The idea was the brainchild of a State Farm Insurance company employee. In 1958, Patricia Bays Haroski, who worked in the Deerfield, Illinois office of the insurance company, registered October 16 as the day to honor and recognize supervisors and other superiors, and to show appreciation. Haroski picked October 16th, because that happened to be her father’s birthday. Her father also happened to be her boss.
When she decided to register the day with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, she thought that in designating a specific day, she and her coworkers could all show appreciation for their bosses or everyone else in management or executive positions. She thought, or more accurately hoped, that a recognized event would help employees everywhere, in building better relationships with their immediate superiors and others in high level management positions.
In 1962, Illinois Governor Otto Kerner decided to support Haroski’s Chamber of Commerce registration. He did so by issuing an official proclamation in recognition of the day. That made it an official Illinois holiday – even though businesses, banks and government offices aren’t closed. Hallmark began producing cards for the day in 1979.
Because the day is dedicated to showing bosses respect, it was decided that anytime October 16th fell on a weekend, the National Boss Day would be observed on the closest week day. In the time since 1958, October 16th, the designated Boss Day has become an international phenomenon. It is celebrated in Australia, England and South Africa.
According to the Business Insider, the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research published the findings of a 2012 study. Researchers found that waiters or waitresses who wore red earned more money when they wore red. The report went on to suggest that people who wear powerful shades of red in the work place, are seen by coworkers, supervisors and executives as more committed, focused and trustworthy.
Now that you’ve decided you want to show your boss how much you appreciate him or her, you’ve got to figure out how to do it. And since red clothing makes people others think more highly of you, maybe your boss would feel the same way if you presented them with some red flowers – or an arrangement that has plenty of red in it.
The Country Pumpkin is a quintessential colorful fall arrangement that comes in a cute little ceramic pumpkin. When the flowers are gone, your boss will have a cute little keepsake pumpkin that can be used again and again.
Autumn Luxe is a lovely fall arrangement of deep red flowers in a simple glass vase, and accents of other fall color flowers, leaves, and berries. It’s a flower arrangement that brings the beautiful New England fall colors, inside where they will remind your boss and others, of how beautiful our New England Autumn really is.