What Makes a Great Boss?

October 9, 2018

In case you missed the memo, Boss’s Day is just around the corner—Tuesday, Oct. 16 to be exact. Though National Boss’s Day was first registered by Patricia Bays Haroski in 1958, it didn’t become an official holiday until 1962 when Illinois Governor Otto Kerner proclaimed it a national day. The purpose of the designated day was simply to improve the relationships between employees and their managers.   

In honor of the upcoming holiday, we asked a few ITAC associates to share what qualities they believe are found in a great boss:


Here are a few simple ways to show your appreciation for all that your boss does for you:

  1. Surprise him/her with a personalized gift. Who doesn’t love surprises? Leave a bouquet of her favorite flowers on her desk, pick up a gift card from his favorite restaurant or just pick up a sweet treat while you’re out at lunch. It doesn’t have to be anything huge, but a thoughtful surprise will brighten your boss’s day.
  1. Offer to lighten his/her workload. Though it’s not listed explicitly in job descriptions, your primary role as an employee is to make your boss’s life easier. Ask your boss if there’s anything you can take off his/her plate. Whether they take you up on the offer or not, they will appreciate the gesture.
  1. Take the initiative. Volunteer to take on new projects, solve a problem or tackle tedious, but valuable tasks. Sometimes the best gifts are the little things that make life easier for everyone. Your boss will be impressed and appreciative that you took the initiative.

Ultimately, doing your job, and doing it well, is the best gift you can give your boss on Boss’s Day and throughout the year. But, be sure to go the extra-mile on Boss’s Day!