If you thought your CEO was a pain, you aint seen nothin’

by Astrid Wilson05 Oct 2012

It’s a day of questionable origins, but Boss Day (alternative spelling Bo$$ Day), is a day which falls annually on the 16th October, and is celebrated in the US and Canada – in recent years the day has also gained some following in the UK, India and Australia.

Registered with the US Chamber of Commerce in 1958, the day was set aside as a day for workers to acknowledge their boss’s kindness and fairness throughout the year. Notably, the tradition has been altered in India, where the day is better known for bosses thanking their workers instead of the other way around.

One company where Boss Day celebrations may be a little subdued is at budget airline RyanAir’s HQ. President of the carrier Michael O'Leary recently commented to Management Today that his $1.5m a year salary isn't enough, and described himself as Europe’s “most underpaid and underappreciated boss”. “I’m paid about 20 times more than the average employee, and I think the gap should be wider,” he said. “I was paid €1.2m ($A1.51m) last year for carrying 80 million passengers. Aer Lingus's boss [Christoph Mueller] got €1.3m for carrying nine million passengers,” he lamented.

If, like staff at Ryanair, the thought of celebrating your boss is an incomprehensible notion, follow this handy tips list for craftily dodging this festivity:

  1. Schedule all-day meetings or take the day off on Boss Day if a group celebration is planned to honour your boss and you would feel like a hypocrite if you participated. But start planning for an annual leave day now rather than chucking a sickie – after all it’s your honesty and integrity which is the difference between you and a bad boss.
  2. Simply write your name if someone is passing around a card for your bad boss – writing a trite message would be futile.
  3. Seek resources to help you deal with your bad boss for the day-to-day, or if not it may be time to move on.


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