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Emily’s list: Boss’s Day edition

Emily Crone

Today is Boss’s Day, an annual holiday celebrated in America. A bad boss can make your world a living hell, but a great boss can make your life much easier. Today is a time for employees to thank their superior for being a good and fair boss (though right now, I think it’s simply a good time to thank your boss for not laying you off regardless of his or her behavior).

According to Wikipedia, “National Boss’s Day” was registered with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in1958 by a secretary named Patricia Bays Haroski. Her boss was her father, and Oct. 16 is also the date of his birthday. Can you say, “suck-up”? But it paid off — after four years, the governor of Illinois officially proclaimed the holiday. Other countries now celebrate it, too.

Oct. 15 is Boss's Day

Hallmark began creating cards for Boss’s Day in 1979, and many now consider it a “Hallmark holiday” without any real depth. Many people don’t even know when it is, let alone celebrate it. Despite that, it is a prime opportunity to get on your boss’s good side. Bring in some homemade cookies, write a thoughtful card or deliver a bouquet of flowers. Who knows, you may help get yourself a raise!

While most of us have a boss at work who makes the major decisions, we are all our own bosses when it comes to our finances. We are faced with choices every day — go on vacation or save the money? Pay off debt or contribute to retirement? Buy a house or keep renting?

 

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