October 16th is Boss’s Day. Oh, you didn’t know either? Whether you’re prepared or not, or even choose participate in such a celebration, there is some buzz around the office water coolers.
Today, my friend asked for advice on a gift idea for her boss. I took a deep breath and put my thinking cap on. I drew from my own personal experiences with my fearless leaders, and also as a daughter of a CEO, who is a gift recipient each and every Boss’s Day.
I do think gifts for those in management are tricky. But, I also think those in management appreciate being appreciated. Not everyone can take their boss to lunch, but it would be a nice treat. Not everyone can afford to add a golf club to the boss’s bag, or send the boss lady to the spa. So, here are three thoughtful gift ideas that everyone can participate in:
1. A note of gratitude. Break out the stationary or pick up a greeting card, and handwrite a note that expresses your appreciation. Sometimes a thank you and an ‘atta boy or atta girl’ is just what people need.
2. A donation to their preferred charity or their alma matter. It does not have to be a large amount of money. The acknowledgement of what is important to your boss will be priceless to them.
3. Something that can be shared. Allow others in the office to celebrate the head honcho with donuts or a cake, or anything that can create fellowship and recognition within the office. Just make sure everyone knows why there are treats.
If all else fails, make sure you are on time to work! And maybe don’t check Facebook too often. Every boss likes productivity!