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SEPTEMBER 10, 2018 | NATIONAL BOSS/EMPLOYEE EXCHANGE DAY | NATIONAL SWAP IDEAS DAY | NATIONAL TV DINNER DAY

NATIONAL BOSS/EMPLOYEE EXCHANGE DAY

Each year on the Monday following Labor Day, you could have the opportunity to see how the other half within your company works as it is National Boss/Employee Exchange Day.

While bosses and employees often have brainstorming sessions, exchanging positions provides insight into the business. When done with planning and communication, the exchange can lead to successful business solutions. Employees gain confidence and leadership skills. Another benefit from the role reversal includes the added respect or improvements to workflows.

Comparing notes following the exchange will be a vital part of the process. Additionally, those discussions should be in the spirit of the day. Take advantage of the knowledge gained and present ideas that will advance the business.

HOW TO OBSERVE

On this day, you and your boss can switch places for the day and see how the other one spends their day.  Can you do their job?  Can they do your job? Use #BossEmployeeExchangeDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we have not identified the origin of National Boss/Employee Exchange Day. 

NATIONAL SWAP IDEAS DAY

National Swap Ideas Day, which is observed annually on September 10th, encourages us to share a creative or helpful idea with someone and trade them for their ideas in return.

Swapping ideas today does not have to be done on a one-on-one basis.  It would be fun for a group of people to get together and share ideas.  People could share their thoughts and concepts and also learn from each other, while gathered in a social grouping.

Groups of people benefit from the skills of others, and the energy of brainstorming compounds the efforts of the entire team.  Often an idea shared by one person generates two or even three new concepts within the group creating opportunities for everyone.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Throughout the day, make sure to swap your ideas with others.  Use #NationalSwapIdeasDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Our research has found that National Swap Ideas Day was created by Robert Birch.  Mr. Birch also created Lumpy Rug Day, Trivia Day and Nothing Day.

NATIONAL TV DINNER DAY

National TV Dinner Day is observed annually on September 10th.  In 1953, C.A. Swanson & Sons was about to forever changed the prepackaged meal business. Introducing the TV Dinner revolutionized frozen food.

In 1962, Swanson stopped using the name “TV Dinner”. However, in the United States, the term remains synonymous with any prepackaged dinner purchased frozen from a store and heated at home.

The first Swanson TV Dinner consisted of a Thanksgiving meal of turkey, cornbread dressing, peas and sweet potatoes.  The original tray was made of aluminum and each food item had separate compartments. The dinner had to be heated in the oven and took about 25 minutes to cook. Today most frozen food trays are made of microwaveable safe material.

The original product sold for 98 cents and the production estimate for the first year was 5,000 dinners.  To their surprise, Swanson far exceeded that amount and in the first year, sold more than 10 million of them.

  • 1960 – Swanson added desserts to a new four-compartment tray.
  • 1964 – Night Hawk name originated from the Night Hawk steak houses that operated in Austin, Texas from 1939 through 1994. The original diners were open all night catering to the late-night crowd. The restaurants produced the first frozen Night Hawk TV dinner in 1964.
  • 1969 – The first TV breakfasts were marketed. Great Starts Breakfasts and breakfast sandwiches followed later.
  • 1973 – The first Swanson Hungry-Man dinners were marketed; these were larger portions of its regular dinner products.
  • 1986 – The first microwave oven-safe trays were marketed.
  • 1986 – The Smithsonian Institute inducted the original Swanson TV Dinner tray into the Museum of American History.

Much has changed since the original TV Dinner, and they also remain a popular choice for a fast and convenient meal and fun to eat in front of the TV!

HOW TO OBSERVE

Get out a TV dinner, pop it in the microwave or oven, and enjoy! Use #NationalTVDinnerDay to post on social media.

HISTORY 

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National TV Dinner Day.

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