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Awkwardness on National Boss Day

Boss Day survey graphic

Boss Day survey graphic Credit: Adecco

What do you envision as the most awkward activity you might be called on to do with your boss?

Double-dating with your significant others --  that’s what came up at the top of the list of awkward activities, according to the annual National Boss Day Survey, done for Melville-based staffing firm Adecco Group North America.

Of the 834 full or part time U.S. workers who responded, 68 percent said some situations would be uncomfortable, and of them, 43 percent pointed to the double dating scenario as the potentially most awkward. That was followed by going to a movie, 38 percent; and having a non-work related dinner, 30 percent. The survey was conducted Sept. 8 to 12.

The double-dating finding may be tied in to the trend that finds more employers pulling back on including spouses and significant others at office holiday parties, says Kathy Kane, senior vice president of talent management at the Melville-based staffing firm. “People just want to draw the line at some point in their private life,” she says. Spending an extended evening with good friends is one thing, but with the boss and his or her spouse is another.

As for the most uncomfortable topic to discuss with a boss? Surprisingly, it’s not age, weight or religion, but your relationship with your significant other.

That could be because bosses are far less likely to bring up those dicier subjects these days, says Kane. That or because people have already become “so transparent with their personal lives,” sharing their weight issues and birthdays on places like Facebook.

Adecco says that Boss Day is observed this year on Monday, Oct. 17, while the Hallmark website says Oct. 16 is the traditional day for it to be marked. (See samples of Hallmark's Boss Day cards at )

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