Our bosses really do go through a lot for us so what better day to celebrate their hard work and resilience than on National Boss’ Day? This year the day is celebrated on Monday 17 October 2016.
Many bosses are fab at recognising the great work that their employees do, but do we ever stop to do the same for them? When was the last time you gave your boss an (unpatronising) pat on the back? Think about it – bosses have responsibility for a whole host of things – who recognises their hard work?
In aid of the day, here’s a shout out to five of the most innovative and influential bosses in tech:
1. Eric Schmidt is an American software engineer, businessperson and the Executive Chairman of Alphabet Inc. When he interned for Bell Labs, he completely re-wrote the Lex software program in order to generate lexical analysers for the UNIX computer operating system. Schmidt has been CEO of Novell, Google and has served on numerous academic boards and within industry. Click here to read more about Eric Schmidt.
2. Evan Williams is an American computer programmer and internet entrepreneur who has founded several Internet companies. He began his IT career at O’Reilly Media in a marketing position but eventually became an independent contractor writing computer code, which led to freelance opportunities with the likes of Intel and Hewlett-Packard. Williams introduced web application ‘Blogger’ and was formerly CEO of Twitter. Click here to read more about Evan Williams.
3. Shigeru Miyamoto is the creator of the most infamous video games of all time. Miyamoto created Nintendo games such as Mario, Super Mario Bros, Donkey Kong, Wii series and The Legend of Zelda. Click here to read more about Shigeru Minamoto
4. Mark Zuckerberg is an American programmer, Internet entrepreneur, executive and philanthropist. He is the Chairman, Chief Executive, and Co-Founder of social networking website Facebook, which he launched with his college roommates from Harvard’s dormitory rooms. Zuckerberg is among the 100 most influential people in the world. Click here to read more about Mark Zuckerberg.
And we can’t forget to mention our very own, well loved, Boss…
5. Jonathan Sanderson is an award winning entrepreneur and Managing Director of (our very own) Leeds-based IT Recruitment Consultancy, Corecom Consulting. Jonathan founded the company in 2008, at the young age of 28. His audacious enterprises have enabled the company to reach above and beyond the expectations of the industry and receive numerous award shortlists. Sanderson himself has been shortlisted for ‘Recruitment Boss of the Year’ for the second year running by the Marketing and Digital Recruitment Awards (MARAs) – take a look here
Click here to read more about Jonathan Sanderson.
Boss’ Day was established by Patricia Bays Haroski in 1958 as a day for employees to thank their bosses for being kind and fair throughout the year. She introduced the day when she worked for her father as she felt that his hard work was rarely recognised. Unfortunately, in recent years, it hasn’t been as widely celebrated as employees tend to feel that company gift-giving should flow down rather than up (mostly because bosses earn more than employees).
The idea of today is that it strengthens the bond between employer and employee:
“It’s important to recognise that Bosses are people too. They may be in a position of authority but they also have a great deal of responsibility. It’s days like today that we’re reminded of the importance of teamwork between bosses and employees.”
Gemma Robinson, Operations Manager, Corecom Consulting
So be sure to share the love and to thank your boss for all they do! We certainly have.