National Boss Day

Celebrated Oct. 16 or the closest work day

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  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 11 million people work in managerial and executive roles. (May 2015)
  • Workplace surveys confirm that one of the most important elements of job satisfaction is a positive relationship between supervisor and employee.
  • Although the observance of National Boss Day began in 1958, Hallmark first produced Boss Day cards in 1979.

2016 Product Features

  • Hallmark offers more than 50 National Boss Day cards. Cards are available in stores and online with prices starting at $2.
  • Cards range in tone from formal to humorous, and many express appreciation. Messages tend to be authentic and “true to life” for the workplace.
  • Designs and messages appropriate for both men and women are available, as well as cards for a work group to present collectively.
  • Hallmark Ink & Main Press offers a selection of National Boss Day paper cards that can be personalized with photos and messages online and mailed directly to the recipient.
  • also offers National Boss Day eCards, available with a subscription.

Holiday History

National Boss Day began in 1958 when Patricia Bays Haroski, then an employee at State Farm Insurance Company in Deerfield, Ill., registered the holiday with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Haroski chose Oct. 16, her father’s birthday, as the date for National Boss Day because she felt he was an exemplary boss. (If the holiday falls on a weekend, it is celebrated on the closest work day.)

National Boss Day has become an international celebration in recent years and now is observed in countries such as England, Australia and South Africa.

In Stores & Online

Available at Hallmark Gold Crown® stores nationwide, online at and wherever Hallmark products are sold. Visit and for additional options.


Fun Fact

The Hall Brothers "invented" modern gift wrap during Christmas 1917 when they ran out of solid-colored tissue paper and started selling decorated envelope linings.