National Boss’s Day is celebrated every year on October 16 to show appreciation and gratitude—or just wish a happy day—to the people who guide us at work. Depending on what kind of boss, manager or supervisor you have and what your relationship is like, it can be a little tough to know what to write in a Boss’s Day card.
Never fear: The “job” of writing a message for Boss’s Day will be much easier with these tips from Hallmark writers on what you can say to a variety of bosses. Depending on your relationship or your profession, your message can either be lighthearted, more formal or somewhere in between.
You can jump to the kind of boss you have or read through the ideas to mix and match and make your message work perfectly. Above all, be yourself—but, you know, double-check your spelling.
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If your manager is someone you look up to, a role model in your workplace or an inspiration to you (personally or on the job), here are some ideas for what to say.
- “I’ve learned a lot from you.”
- “Thank you for the ways you inspire me.”
- “You’re not only a good boss, you’re someone I admire as a person.”
- “You’ve been a role model for me, and I appreciate that.”
Some bosses know just how to get the best out of their employees. Whether it’s with the things they say or creative ways they recognize good work, that’s worth celebrating.
- “You make me feel good about the work I do.”
- “Thank you for encouraging me and helping me succeed.”
- “You’re great at rallying the troops.”
- “You let me know when I’ve done a good job, and I appreciate that.”
We’re big on empathy at Hallmark and some bosses are that way, too. If you work for someone who really cares about you and understands you, these messages might suit them well.
- “Thank you for being so supportive of me.”
- “You really care about me/your employees, and that means a lot.”
- “You make me feel like more than just an employee.”
- “I’m glad I have a boss who understands me.”
Sure, there are some supervisors who like to hear themselves talk. But there are also those people who really take the time to hear their employees share their ideas and workplace concerns.
- “I feel like I can come to you about anything.”
- “Thank you for always taking the time to listen to me/your employees.”
- “I’m glad I have a boss I can really talk to.”
- “Thanks for being open to my ideas.”
All work and no play is…no fun, right? Here are some funny messages for the leaders that know how to lighten things up around work and who encourage a little needed “play” from time to time.
- “Thanks for not firing me…so far.”
- “It’s Boss’s Day…does that mean drinks are on you?”
- “For a boss, you’re not even that bossy!”
- “Seriously though, thanks for making work a fun place to be.”
Does your manager work on your behalf to make sure you have valuable workplace opportunities, acting as a champion for you and your job path? If so, that probably calls for a few words.
- “Thank you for being a good coach and mentor.”
- “I feel like you really have my back, and I appreciate that.”
- “You’ve really helped me be successful.”
- “I appreciate the way you look out for new opportunities for me.”
Not finding your kind of boss here? Here are some ideas for what to write that would probably work well for anyone.
- “Thanks for all you do.”
- “Hope you enjoy your day.”
- “Keep up the good work.”
- “Happy YOU Day!”
A closing before your signature is one last chance for your message to stand out. Choose one of ours, or come up with one of your own.
- With thanks,
- Your (favorite) employee,
Want more ideas? Check out these Boss’s Day tips from our friends at Hallmark Business Connections.