Post: Bosses Day 2023: The What, Why and How to Celebrate It!

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This post was last updated on December 28th, 2022

Bosses Day 2023 is on a Sunday this year so you’ll have two options for celebrating. In October, it’ll be time to celebrate all that we owe our bosses. We tend to forget that our bosses deserve recognition too for leading us and making our work lives enjoyable.

You may not have the opportunity to regularly spend time with your boss, so Boss’s Day 2023 is a great opportunity to make an excuse to do so (even virtually if you have to).

Show that you appreciate the hard work they do for the company by treating them like royalty! It’s okay to spoil your boss every once in a while (it’s only one day a year after all.)

But what does this day actually mean? Why should you celebrate it? And how can you make it a meaningful celebration?

Here are some ideas to get you started, as well as tips and tricks for celebrating this special day in an impactful way. 

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Don’t forget to celebrate your leaders on Bosses Day October 16th, 2023.

Introduction to National Boss’s Day

What is Boss’s Day?

Boss’s day is a national day to show appreciation for the people who have helped you get where you are today… Your boss!

It’s a day to celebrate good bosses and thank them for the contributions and responsibilities they take every day in the office.

What’s the story behind National Boss Day?

It all goes back to 1958, when Patricia Bays Haroski, one of the employees of a state farm insurance company in Deerfield Illinois, decided to honor her boss for the responsibilities taken and dedication he put into work.

Between you and us… Her boss actually happened to be her father, which might have slightly motivated her action!

Thus, she picked a not-so-random date, October 16 – her father’s birthday – and went to the United States Chamber of Commerce to register it as National Boss’s Day.

Later, in 1962, Illinois Governor Otto Kerner, confirmed her registration and officially proclaimed boss’s day.

It is now also celebrated in other English-speaking countries such as Canada, South Africa, and Australia.

When is Bosses Day 2023?

Bosses Day falls on Monday, October 16th, 2023.

Is Boss’s Day always October 16?

National Boss’s day is often celebrated on October 16 in order to respect the original registration. However, if October 16 falls on a Sunday, then the closest date will be chosen, either October 15 or October 17.

Who celebrates Boss’s Day?

The registered National Boss Day is celebrated by everyone who works in a company or organization and wants to show some gratitude to their bosses.

It is a day for them to thank someone who has helped you in their professional career.

Pro tip to Bosses: You can also take the opportunity of this celebration to do something nice for your employees too! That would be very appreciated by all staff in the office.

Why is it important to celebrate this day?

There are a few reasons why you should celebrate boss’s day 2023:

  • First, they gave us our jobs, right?
  • Then, It’s an occasion to show the appreciation you have for your boss,
  • It helps her/him get recognized for all the efforts made for the team,
  • It creates a convivial atmosphere in the office,
  • And finally, it gives you a perfect excuse to organize something fun with your teammates and potentially have your boss or company pay for it!

What do you get your boss for Bosses Day?

A few gift ideas you could get your Boss include flowers, a bottle of wine, organizing a lunch at their favorite restaurant around the office, cards gift certificates or even planning a small party with the full team.

Read on to get more ideas!

5 Ways to Celebrate National Boss Day Differently in 2023

You might have some questions on how to make this celebration meaningful, but it isn’t hard at all. Follow the guide!

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Nothing says thank you more than delicious cupcakes that spell it out!

1. Tell them what they mean to you

It is as simple as this. Probably one of the best ways for employees to thank their bosses is by saying thank you. This celebration is the perfect occasion to simply let her/him know how much she/he means to you and your work.

Feeling creative? Create some boss day cards, make up a song about how awesome your boss is or even take it to the next level by filming a lip dub inside the office!

An older gentleman receiving a gift for bosses day 2021 from his employees
It’s okay to treat your boss on National Bosses Day!

2. Get them a boss’s day present

If you want them to feel extra special on boss’s day 2023, pick a small token that you know they will appreciate. Here are a few ideas people give their bosses on this day:

  • World’s best boss mug
  • Cards gift certificates
  • A nice plant for their office desk
  • Some show tickets
  • An experience gift such as a day at the spa, cooking class…

3. Give them a break

Another idea will be to just give them a break. Yes, you read that correctly.

If your boss is usually too busy to take a break from work during weekdays, surprise them by freeing up half a day off his or her calendar.

Postpone those numerous meetings or take care of them with your team. Take on one or two more assignments and allow your top-dog to go home early for once.

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There’s no better reason to eat cake (and drink bubbles) than Bosses Day 2023!

4. Organize a small work office gathering

Make a small gathering with your office team and build something fun. It could be anything from organizing a lunch at your boss’s favorite place, making a team breakfast in the workplace to start the day on a positive note or a fun game night.

If it falls on a weekend, you could also organize an office party or gathering outside the workplace, which might change your habits and create some extra bonding between employees.

5. Virtual Boss Day ideas

If your team has gone virtual in 2020, you might consider celebrating boss’s day 2023 with a video conference meeting.


There you go! Those were our tips for celebrating a different boss’s day this year.

If your boss loved what you organized, then we can’t wait to see what they will prepare for the employee appreciation day, next March 4th, 2023!

And if your boss doesn’t appreciate these gestures, it may be time to find a new job! 😉

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