The year? 1958. The place? A State Farm Insurance Company office in Deerfield, Illinois.
It was an unassuming time and place for the birth of a national holiday, but that’s exactly what happened when Patricia Bays Haroski registered National Boss’s Day with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to honor her boss, who also happened to be her father. Four years later, the governor of Illinois proclaimed the day official.
Celebrated annually on Oct. 16 — Patricia’s father’s birthday — or the closest business day, National Boss’s Day’s popularity has spread to Canada, Australia, India, South Africa, Ireland and even Egypt. So to honor our own great bosses here at Citrix, we asked our team for some outside-the-box ways to show our appreciation. Cards and cake are so last year.
Get to know your boss a little better.
While it’s a good idea any time of year, we suggest using National Boss’s Day to discover those fun facts that make you appreciate your boss even more. What are some of the things we love about our bosses?
Andrew Liebelt, an outbound customer care representative, says he found out this year that his boss, Nick Woerner, used the song “Purple Haze” for his and his wife’s entrance at their wedding reception. The inspiration? The East Carolina University football team, of course.
And who’s been known to secretly put Sriracha on… just about anything? That would be Katie Curtis, who manages Crystal Ricevuto, an inbound customer care representative. On a less heartburn-inducing note, Jennifer Smith, a community manager on the social media team, loves that her boss, Carmen Collins, is an award-winning author.
Take your boss out for a fun lunch.
And we’re not talking having hibachi instead of pizza. Do something really crazy for lunch — ski ball at a local arcade, go-karts or (if you’re like us) even karaoke! Our team members decided the best way to celebrate might be to pick a song to sing with their bosses.
We picked some doozies. Andrew wants to sing “Birthday” by Katy Perry with Nick, and Jennifer would love “anything from the Backstreet Boys’ Millennium album.” Why? Why not.
And according to Crystal, there’s no reason to wait for Boss’s Day. “I’ve already heard a pretty good rendition of ‘The Trolley Song’ from ‘Meet Me in St. Louis’ (clang, clang, clang went the trolley… ding, ding, ding went the bell!),” she says. “And it’s pretty impressive. There are jazz hands and everything.”
Ask your boss to challenge you to improve as an employee.
Take some initiative and show your boss you mean business. Ask to be challenged to grow and improve as an employee. Jennifer gets challenged to overcome fears. “Carmen encourages us to test, test, test, and learn from the results, whether they’re good or bad,” says Jennifer. “It’s all about not being afraid to fail when trying new ideas, which can be really tough!”
Being a better employee can also come from being a happier one. For Andrew, that means having Nick give him a few more responsibilities when needed, but also being able to cut up when he can. The best trick for him? Making jokes and throwing movie lines back and forth keep him at ease so he can pass the friendliness on to customers.
No matter what you do, if you appreciate your boss, show it! Here at Citrix, we thrive on collaboration, open communication and a culture designed around some pretty awesome bosses, so we enjoy thanking those who make it possible. What’s your unique way to celebrate National Boss’s Day this year?