Forbes magazine reports that there are several reasons to celebrate National Bosses Day on Friday, Oct. 15, 2010. The recession has hit everyone hard, and bosses seem to be working even more hours to make sure companies run smoothly. Your boss not only schedules your hours and projects, but also controls 40 or more hours of your week. Imagine doing that several times over if he or she runs a large department.
Normally celebrated on Oct. 16, National Bosses Day comes a day early in 2010 since the 16th is Saturday. How are you going to celebrate with your boss?
My boss is a store manager, whereas I am a department manager. I will no doubt get both ends of the spectrum on the 15th, as my employees may wish to do something for me and I, in turn, will do something for my boss. If it were my choice, National Bosses Day would mean all of the bosses get the day off.
When the swine flu pandemic hit last year, my boss set forth guidelines if one of us got sick. Our hours were already cut back due to the recession ,and he said if we needed to spend time at home, he could give us tasks to do there. He was very understanding and generous with his time.
My boss and I are of one mind. Both of us have said to our underlings that every single day we show up to work is Bosses Day, so actually marking a holiday on the calendar or in the break room really wont’ make it all very different.
I could surprise my boss by getting the work schedule done before the weekend hits. I could also ramp up my sales numbers to see how well our store does for the week. I may also offer to help clean up other departments when we close on Friday night. We already know each other fairly well, so there’s no need for a fancy dinner or anything-his kids know my kids already.
As far as bosses go, he’s the best. Our store isn’t very large, but keeping track of 20-plus employees can be daunting. We do make his life tough sometimes, but we are all smart and intelligent human beings who generally get along. The most important aspect of my boss is his understanding of each and every one of us and how we fit into his puzzle to run a national chain retailer.
This year on National Bosses Day, I am hoping we can put together some kind of skit to perform before the store opens that proves to my boss that we really do work as a team. It’s either that or the “find the paycheck” scavenger hunt idea that didn’t float last year.
Goudreau, Jenna, “Why You Should Celebrate Bosses Day 2010”, Forbes magazine.