What to Say in a Boss’s Day Thank You Message [23 Examples]

National Boss’s Day is on October 16th in the United States unless it falls on a weekend. It’s a great day for employees share their gratitude and say thank you to their bosses, supervisors, or managers while wishing them a Happy Boss’s Day.

Writing your boss a quick thank you message is an easy to show them some appreciation while wishing them a Happy Boss’s Day.

Some people give their boss a gifts on Boss’s day. There are some ideas for Boss’s Day gifts here. If you decide on a gift, I still encourage you to write your boss a thank you message.

Handwritten notes may also help you stand out, depending on the boss! I had a boss once that told me a handwritten note card had no impact on him and that an email was just fine. You could choose from these free printable thank-you cards, if you do not have thank-you cards or a Boss’s Day card.

If you are writing a thank you email, you can use a free program like Grammarly (affiliate link) to ensure your grammar and spelling are correct.

What to thank your boss for on Boss’s Day

Here are some ideas for what could thank your boss for on boss’s day.

  • Their support throughout the year
  • Their support recently
  • Training
  • Mentoring
  • Leadership
  • Guidance
  • Inspiration
  • Flexibility
  • Being an awesome, great, the best, etc. (compliment of your choice)
  • Whatever you’d like that is appropriate for your boss

What NOT to Say to your Boss on Boss’s Day

Sometimes what you don’t say is more important that what you do say. Here are some things to leave out of your boss day thank you message.

  • Confidential Information. Do not include anything confidential, as others may see your note (even if it is in an email). This could be an amount of a recent bonus or raise or a promotion that hasn’t been announced yet. 
  • Comparisons. Don’t compare your boss to a different boss. This means don’t say, “You’re so much better than John.”
  • Negativity. If you don’t like your boss or have a not-so-good boss, try to find one thing you can thank them for. 

Related: Don’t Make These 5 Dumb Mistakes When Thanking Your Boss

Boss’s Day Thank You Note Messages Examples

Here are some examples that will help you say thank you on Boss Day. Starting or ending your note with “Happy Boss’s Day” is an easy way to indicate that the thank you is for boss’s day.

Related: Thank You Messages For Your Boss Guide

While I strongly encourage you to write a personalized message to your boss for something specific, I understands that sometimes you need nice things to say to your boss, even if it sounds generic.

Short Thank You Message for Boss’s Day Examples

The short thank phrases for Boss’s Day will be followed by examples of personal thank you messages for your boss.

Each message can begin or end with “Happy Boss’s Day!”.

  1. Thank you for being a great mentor and boss. Happy Boss’s Day!
  2. Happy Boss’s Day! Thank you for being a great role model.
  3. Thank you for your ongoing support and encouragement. Have a great boss’s day!
  4. Good managers make coming to work a joy. Happy Boss’s Day!
  5. I wish you a very happy boss’ day. Thanks for all that you do for the team.
  6. You’re a special boss. Thanks for being great. Happy Boss’s Day!
  7. Happy Boss’s Day! Thanks for your leadership, guidance, and flexibility.
  8. It’s an honor working with you. Happy Boss’s Day!
  9. We are lucky to have you as our boss. I hope you have a great Boss’s Day.
  10. Our workplace is better because of you. You’re an awesome boss. Happy Boss’s Day!
  11. Thank you for always going the extra mile for the team. Happy Boss’s Day!
  12. You’re the best kind of boss to have: kind, caring, honest, and dedicate. Happy Boss’s Day!

Personalized Thank You Message for Boss’s Day Examples

[Boss’s Name]

I want to take Boss’s Day as an opportunity to let you know how much I appreciate you Thank you for providing so much support recently on [project name].

Learning the different roles of the project has been a challenge for me. I am grateful that you were willing to spend extra time with me explaining the details. You are an excellent mentor.

Happy Boss’s Day,

Your Name

#2 I am very thankful that you have arranged work-from-home days for me. This has made appointments for my cats and doctor’s appointments much easier to get to. And I’ve been able to have breakfast with my husband more often as well.

#3 I appreciate that you are not only my boss but also my friend. I wish you the best Boss day! Thank you for asking about my family and for covering work for me while I had dental appointments. This has been a trying year for me, and I’m grateful that I didn’t need to worry about time off of work being a problem.

#4 Thank you for sending me to the training for [whatever training was for]. This has changed the way I work on [process name]. I am happy that you encouraged me to go! I am grateful for your dedication to our team to help us grow in our careers.

#5 This last year has been interesting! Thank you for helping me along the way as I learned about new customers. Your support made it much easier, and I’m glad I can always come to you with questions!

#6 I love working for you! Your mentoring on how to become a leader has changed my outlook on the business world. I am excited to learn more and more from you. I’d like to take you to lunch next week for boss’s day.

#7 Thank you for being understanding when I misunderstood the policy for taking time off at the last minute. I am glad that I was able to keep my job! What a relief as I enjoy working for you. Happy Boss’s Day.

#8 The recent training you did on [training topic] was fantastic. I like forward to learning more from you and continuing to improve my skills. I also appreciate the team lunches we’ve had this year. I hope you have a great boss’s day!

#9 Happy Boss’s Day! You are a fantastic boss. I am happy I was assigned to your team, as I have learned much from you. I am amazed at how you can explain problems in a way that I can quickly understand.

#10 I am grateful for all of your support. Working with [customer] has been a challenge for me, and I’m thankful that you have been on the calls. I am sure your communication skills are starting to rub off on me! I wish you a happy boss’s day!

#11 I wish you the best boss’s day! Thank you for your excellent leadership. I also appreciate your enthusiasm for each new project we take on. You’re a wonderful boss, and I hope to be a boss like you someday.

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Heidi has been writing thank you notes for more than 30 years and is the author of A Modern Guide to Writing Thank-You Notes. Her goal is to help people write better thank-you notes by providing tips and examples.

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