October 16 is National Boss’s Day. How Will You Observe it?

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  • You have a woman named Barbara Horoski — not Hallmark — to thank for the October 16 observance. In 1958, Ms. Horoski, working for her father as a secretary for State Farm Insurance, registered the name with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of leaders/supervisors everywhere. Why October 16? It was her father’s birthday.
  • Hallmark started offering Boss Day cards only in 1979.
  • According to the U.S. Bureau of labor Statistics (BLS) there were an estimated 8,054,120 people in management occupations in May 2019 in the U.S.
  • The word “boss” is derived from old Dutch and German words (baas; baes; bas) meaning “master of the house” or similar. When popularized in the U.S in the early 1800s it was consciously differentiated from the term “master” as used in slavery connotations.

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