It’s Boss’s Day, a great day to take your boss out for a drink or a nice meal at the Dive Bar to show your appreciation for everything he or she does to make your work life more productive and enjoyable.

Boss’s Day is celebrated each year on Oct. 16, or if that date falls on a weekend, on the working day which is closest.

The holiday was suggested in 1958 by Patricia Bays Haroski, a secretary for State Farm Insurance Company in Deerfield, Illinois. Since she was working for her father, she chose his birthday as the day for the celebration of Boss’s Day.

Ms. Haroski registered the designation with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, then in 1962, Illinois Governor Otto Kerner officially recognized Boss’s Day in the state. Although it’s not an official government holiday across the United States, it is recognized by many as a way for employees to show their appreciation to their leaders.

This day is observed not only in the United States but also in Canada, India, South Africa and Lithuania.

Often, workers will sign a card or write a note to their boss expressing their appreciation. Sometimes, they will be moved to do something a little more, like include a box of chocolates. The luckiest bosses will be treated to lunch or drinks by one or more of their employees.

Not every workplace encourages the celebration of Boss’s Day. Some feel that since bosses generally make more money than their employees, they shouldn’t expect employees to give them gifts. However, appreciation doesn’t have to be expensive, and saying thank you in some way is rarely a bad idea.

If you decide to show your boss some love on Boss’s Day, don’t forget that the dive bar has Karaoke with Chris on Mondays from 9 p.m. to close. And during Karaoke, playing pool is free — plus draft beer is $3!


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