National Boss Day 2013 is Oct. 16: Celebrate with gift ideas for bosses, top bosses from pop culture

ssorich@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 16, 2013 

It's time to party like a boss.

Today (Oct. 16) is National Boss Day. Curious about the holiday's origins? You'll have to trust Wikipedia:

"Patricia Bays Haroski registered 'National Boss' Day' with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 1958. She was working as a secretary for State Farm Insurance Company in Deerfield, Illinois, at the time and chose October 16, which was her father's birthday. She was working for her father at the time. Four years later, in 1962, Illinois Governor Otto Kerner backed Haroski's registration and officially proclaimed the day."

Unfortunately, National Boss Day freebies and deals are pretty scarce. So if you want to celebrate, you might have to actually spend money on your boss. Shocking, I know.

On second thought: Don't forget Cafe Le Rue in The Landings is offering buy one, get one free entrees 5-9 p.m. every day while the government shutdown is under way. The deal is available for Cafe Le Rue specials. Restrictions apply, and you must mention the Cajun restaurant's recent Facebook post promoting the deal.

Not too keen on an after-hours dinner with your boss? BusinessNewsDaily lists 12 "fun and cheap" gift ideas for your boss. However, I'll caution that it takes a special kind of boss to appreciate a personalized flask. Tread lightly.

The attributes of a good boss have entered discussions more frequently as an easing economy gives some employees the freedom to explore new job opportunities. Some people maintain that people don't leave companies, they leave bosses.

This is a great opportunity to watch (or rewatch) "An Interpretive Dance For My Boss Set To Kanye West's Gone," an employee's sendoff video that recently went viral.

The departing employee, who worked at a company that makes news videos, notes in the video, "For almost two years I've sacrificed my relationships, time and energy for this job. And my boss only cares about quantity and how many views each video gets."

Pop culture has offered varying portrayals of bosses. This article wouldn't be complete without a reference to Michael Scott from "The Office."

When it comes to bosses in pop culture, I'm particularly fond of Meryl Streep's portrayal of Miranda Priestly in "The Devil Wears Prada." Also, I have a special place in my heart for that classic scene from "Office Space" involving Lumbergh and TPS reports.

Discussion time: What makes someone a good boss?

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