When Patricia Bay Haroski, an employee at a State Farm Insurance Company office in Deerfield, Ill., registered the date of Oct. 16 as National Boss Day with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce 40 years ago, she wasnít trying to be cynical, nor was she trying to court her supervisorís favor. Her sincere belief was that bosses arenít shown the appreciation they deserve, and that younger employees often donít realize the challenges bosses in all walks of life face in running a business or office.

Never mind that Haroskiís boss happened to be her father, and that Oct. 16 happened to be his birthday.

But talk about pressure - the mere existence of a National Boss Day creates awkward situations in work sites across the nation. Doing something to observe the day can be more embarrassing than ignoring it altogether. The latter option is whatís usually chosen by most workers, especially considering that candy and flowers are the usual expressions of good will for other annual celebrations.

Itís also true that the selection of ďHappy Boss DayĒ cards at storesí counters is significantly smaller compared to what youíll find on display for, letís say, Fatherís Day.

So, perhaps itís enough to simply explain to your boss youíve been working so hard you didnít have time to get a gift, but that you do appreciate the pressure he or she is under.

And then, donít forget to laugh just a little louder when the boss tells a joke.

Brownwood Bulletin