Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Who's the Boss

Magnet # 63: Steve Carell as Michael Scott Photo

Material: Plastic

Purchased By: Me

Well, Boss's Day is on the 16th, just two days away. So if you haven't figured out something to do to stay in your boss's good graces, now's the time. This particular holiday was created by Patricia Bays Haroski in 1958 when she registered "National Boss's Day" at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  She had a particular attachment to her own boss at the time - he was her Father.  Why did she pick October 16th?  Because it was her Dad's birthday - and she had forgotten it that year!  In 1962, Otto Kerner, Illinois' Governor, officially made it a holiday.  Its popularity has grown in the years since and it has spread to countries on continents all over the world.

I do think it's a little inconvenient that Boss's Day always falls on October 16, instead of having a fixed day like the third Monday in October or something like that. So many businesses and offices are closed on the weekend that it makes sense to try to avoid having Boss's Day fall on Saturday or Sunday. I guess people can celebrate on Friday or Monday if that's the case, but it's not really the same as throwing a Boss's Day event on Boss's Day.

This holiday is intended to thank our supervisors for treating their employees well throughout the year. On that note, I hope your boss isn't too much like The Office's Michael Scott featured on this magnet, which appeared less than a month ago at Target in a set of four magnets featuring characters from the show - what perfect timing!  Michael is the regional manager of fictional Dunder Mifflin's Scranton, Pennsylvania branch, and he makes the jobs associated with selling and distributing paper much tougher than they ought to be. He's self-delusional, offensive, and can at times be stupider than any human being should ever capable of. It was really hard to take him driving his car into a lake because a navigational system told him to. But at least Michael wants people to like him. I know there are plenty of bosses out there who don't care if they're hated and feared and a few actually try to inspire those emotions in their employees. I sincerely hope none of you have that sort of boss to suffer through. I certainly don't.

So start buying a card, flowers, or planning a breakfast or lunch if you haven't already. If you're lucky enough to have one of the good bosses out there, this is the time to let him or her know the appreciation you feel. And even if you've got a crummy one, it's best to do something nice to prevent later retribution!

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