National Boss Day - October 16
Mon, Oct 16, 2023

National Boss Day

Every year, National Boss Day is celebrated on October 16 to honor the people who are leaders, mentors, and helpers in any enterprise. These people may not always be the bosses at your job – you can congratulate, both ironically and seriously, all the people who are involved in management and love to command.


National Boss Day was registered in 1958 by Patricia Harosky with the US Chamber of Commerce. Harosky created this national day for her employer father, and the date was especially meaningful as October 16 is her dad’s birthday. At the time, Patricia worked as a secretary in the family insurance company. Four years later, the Chamber of Commerce supported Harosky’s proposal, officially recognizing the existence of the holiday.

In recent years, the use of the word “boss” has gone beyond the context of the manager of the enterprise and personnel. For example, the feminist movement has made the expressions “Like a Boss” and “Girl Boss” part of its own recognizable slogans. In popular culture, a special place is occupied by movie bosses who are fictional characters, such as Michael Scott from The Office, Miranda Priestley from The Devil Wears Prada, Miranda Bailey from Anatomy of Old Age, and Mr. Burns from The Simsons.

Fun facts

  • Americans began to actively use the word “boss” in their speech from the 1800s, and it originated from the Dutch “baas”.
  • In the United States, 11 million people hold leadership positions – they are supervisors and managers.
  • According to Officevibe, the most unproductive employees work for bad bosses, and 50% of respondents admitted that they are ready to quit if the management does not appreciate them.

How to take part

People who have bosses and bosses themselves can celebrate this national day in different ways. Usually, subordinates congratulate their leader with a commemorative card or a gift – bosses will be pleased with such attention. On this day, it is important to acknowledge the good qualities of leaders, recognize their efforts and work strategy, but only if this is not hypocrisy. Bosses on this day can not only accept congratulations, but also do everything so that their subordinates consider them to be good and fair leaders. For example, they can analyze their interactions with the staff, find out who they have a good relationship with, and which of the employees are not performing their duties and why.

When is National Boss Day celebrated in 2023?

National Boss Day is observed on October 16 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Monday October 16 2023
Wednesday October 16 2024
Thursday October 16 2025
Friday October 16 2026