NATIONAL HUG YOUR BOSS DAY
National Hug Your Boss Day is observed annually. Some people like this day. Others love it. Some are afraid of it. Then there are those who simply loathe it.
Several factors determine personal feelings about this National Day. The frequency we see our bosses, or whether we work for a small or large company play a role. How long we have been at a job may influence our feelings as well.
If you’re considering participating in this holiday, be sure to ask permission first. Be aware of sudden awkwardness that may follow. However, according to the founders of the day, people who are comfortable hugging their bosses are more productive. People who are comfortable approaching their bosses for a hug probably like their bosses anyway.
In fact, according to a Hug Your Boss Day survey, 60% of respondents surveyed like their job – because of their boss. Bosses frequently influence decisions regarding job choices. More than the people who tell us what to do, they’re our mentors. Think Yoda or Captain Kirk, but more huggable. Perhaps Sam Malone of Cheers and Kathleen Kelly from Shop Around the Corner in You’ve Got Mail. Hopefully, your boss fits the huggable bill.
For others, breaking down that barrier might increase morale and motivation. When you see your boss as approachable, communication improves. And hugs are a type of communication. Side hugs, one-armed hugs, long-distance hugs… you know…a hug.
HOW TO OBSERVE #HUGYOURBOSSDAY
Go up to your boss and give him or her a BIG hug! If that’s too much, maybe start with a fist bump or a dance-off. Try an air hug or a virtual hug. Show us your boss hug and use #HugYourBossDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL HUG YOUR BOSS DAY HISTORY
TipTopJob.com founded Hug Your Boss Day in 2008 to promote healthy workplace relationships.
September 18, 2020
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