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Bosses Day In South Africa

The history and origins of Bosses Day

Bosses Day (also known as Boss's Day or National Boss Day), is a celebration that originated in 1958. Patricia Bays Haroski registered "National Boss' Day" with the US Chamber of Commerce in 1958. Patricia was working as a secretary for State Farm Insurance in Deerfield, Illinois at the time, and chose October8 because she forgot that the birthday of her boss, who was her father, was actually on the 16th!

Four years later in 1962, Illinois Governor Otto Kerner supported Patricia's registration, and officially proclaimed the day.

Modern Bosses Day celebrations

Today, Bosses Day is celebrated in various countries, such as South Africa, Australia and India, as well as recently Ireland, UK and Egypt.

Hallmark offered their first Boss' Day card in 1979.

Bosses Day in South Africa

In South Africa, Bosses Day is celebrated by people to thank their bosses for doing a good job. It is often celebrated by taking the boss to lunch, giving them cards, or small gifts. As bosses are often paramount in helping their employee's careers grow, Bosses Day is a good opportunity for employees to show support and gratitude to their bosses.