What to Write in a Boss Day Card

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Our bosses and supervisors are significant parts of our lives. Without your boss, your life would likely look a lot different. A great way to show them you care is to celebrate “boss day” with them. The lesser-known holiday is celebrated on October 16 across the United States. It’s a day to let your boss or supervisor know how much they mean to you and recognize their kindness and fairness expressed the previous year.

While boss day doesn’t typically warrant a day off work, it often does warrant a small workplace celebration. Whether your workplace does have a boss day party or not, employees should consider giving their boss a card or gift to celebrate the occasion.

Send Thanks

Perhaps the whole purpose of boss day is to show your boss how much you appreciate them. In your boss day card, let them know how they have impacted your life through the last year (or more, depending on how long you have worked with them) and give them plenty of thanks for what they have done.

Have they made sacrifices for you? Perhaps they have shown excellent leadership and given you solid advice. Or maybe they were just a good friend to you. No matter how your boss has treated you throughout the past year, you likely owe them some thanks. There are responsibilities of bosses, managers, and supervisors that their employees likely know nothing about. Let them know you care about those.

  • Thank you for always being there for me when I needed it the most. Happy boss day!
  • You are my favorite boss ever. Thanks for all your help!
  • Thanks so much for everything you do. Let’s celebrate!
  • Thanks for keeping the office in order while we get our jobs done.

Show Appreciation

Bosses and supervisors are often made out to be a “bad guy” at work—likely because they are typically in charge of discipline, payments and communication with larger entities at the company. Boss day is a day to show them that they aren’t the bad guy. It’s a day where you can show your appreciation for the things they do on a daily basis because, let’s face it—it’s probably not easy. 

Get your coworkers to join in on the celebration and make or purchase a large card for everyone to sign. Then everyone in the office can write their own personal note and sign it. Your boss won’t be able to keep from grinning. Make sure everyone sends a positive message and wishes them a happy boss day.

  • Happy boss day! We love having you around the office.
  • Have a wonderful boss day. Celebrating you.
  • We appreciate everything you do for us. Have a great day!
  • You deserve to celebrate. Thanks for a great year, boss!
  • Have a fantastic boss day and have a drink on me.

Make Them Smile

There are so many jokes or quips about bosses and employees on the internet. That’s likely because employees sometimes harbor bad feelings toward their boss, maintaining them as a symbol of a job they dislike. But sometimes, these jokes can be hilarious to even bosses who have a healthy work environment and employees and coworkers who love them.

If you decide to include a quote or joke in your boss day card, make sure you examine it closely to ensure that no feelings will be hurt. Is it a sensitive joke or just plain silly? You can be the judge, but make sure to look at the joke from all angles. You wouldn’t want to strike a nerve in the person who has so much say over your employment!

If you’d rather not include a joke in your note, consider adding a famous quote instead. Choose a quote that encompasses how you feel about them or discusses the power of bosses. The perfect quote will be sure to make them smile.

  • “Don’t stand around doing nothing. People will think you’re the boss.”
  • “My boss told me to have a good day… so I went home.”
  • “People don’t leave bad jobs, they leave bad bosses.”
  • “A good boss makes his men realize they have more ability than they think they have so that they consistently do better work than they thought they could.” - Charles Erwin Wilson
  • “When my boss asked me who is the stupid one, me or him? I told him everyone knows he doesn’t hire stupid people.”
  • “A truly great supervisor is hard to find, difficult to part with, and impossible to forget.”