How can you show proper appreciation for your boss on that special day you’re expected to honor the person who lords it over you on every other day of the year? There are two ways to consider the task: with humor or with serious respect.
Before you consider the humor option, you should realize that a nasty gag gift or roast-type ceremony could cause some dangers to your your boss-employee relationship. Later, when considerations for higher pay or promotion cross the boss’ desk, the still-angry subject of your attempted humor may seek revenge by passing you over.
On the other hand, your creative and humorous show of appreciation could give everyone in the office some laughs, including a not-too-sensitive boss. To play it safe, think up some serious ceremony or one-on-one meeting to mark the occasion. You can add some humor that won’t be offensive or embarrassing to the boss, especially if other people are there.
Put on your thinking cap and come up with ways to show appreciation for your fearless leader on National Boss’ Day this year can be creative, funny and not bitingly offensive.
1. On the special day, before boss comes in for work, decorate the office with flowers, crepe paper and related banners and signs about how much you appreciate the boss. When the boss enters, sing a popular love song, possibly re-written with boss-related lyrics. Some suggested songs could be Presley’s “I Can’t Help Fallin’ in Love With You”, “Crazy for You” by Madonna or “Starstruck” by Lady Gaga.
2. Along with the ceremony, all contribute to a present for the boss. If the staff is just several people, it could be a small office item engraved with the boss’ name or humorous slogan: pen, clock, radio or small dvd player. If there are many people involved, you can chip in to buy a more expensive gift, such as a flat-screen TV.
3. If there won’t be a staged ceremony, get or create for your boss a fancy certificate of thanks, and signed by everyone involved. Hang it in or near the boss’ office.
4. If employees decide they want the boss’ family to share the honor, contribute to present the boss with a gift certificate to a local upscale restaurant for a family dinner night out.
To show your appreciation for your boss on National Boss’ Day, plan a simple, dignified (except for a few appropriate jokes) moment to show how you feel … or at least how you’re supposed to feel … about that person.