Originally created 10/17/01

Employees show their appreciation



AIKEN - Josh and Dale Robinson cooked up an out-of-the-ordinary gift for National Bosses Day.

Behind Johnson, Johnson, Whittle and Snelgrove law firm in Aiken, Josh Robinson, a runner for the firm, and his father, Dale Robinson, spent Tuesday morning barbecuing pork chops.

Instead of the group going out to eat this year, secretaries made side dishes, and the 16 employees at the firm ate a homemade lunch in the office.

"I don't know if they thought I was a good boss or not, but they cooked some good food," said attorney Henderson Johnson Jr., one of the partners in the firm. "We enjoyed it. I believe this is the first time we have ever had a cookout."

Tuesday was the 42nd annual National Bosses Day - a tradition that began in 1958 when Patricia Bays Haroski, a secretary in Illinois, decided her manager deserved a party.

Ruth Sanders, an office manager at Women's Health Associates, was floored when her 12 employees ordered flowers for her.

Ms. Sanders said it was a surprise because usually only the doctors get gifts.

"We always take up (money) for the doctors. In fact, I went and got their cards and flowers this morning," Ms. Sanders said.

Jennifer Rodgers has worked for Ms. Sanders for five years.

"She is like my mother. I get fussed at by her more than I do by my own mother," Ms. Rodgers said.

Local florists said people waited until the last minute to order flowers for Bosses Day again this year, mainly because they forget until listening to the radio during the morning commute.

"We've just been swamped this morning," said Vicki Johnson with Necessary Arrangements in Aiken. "We're still getting calls, and it's 12 o'clock almost. We'll probably have to stop because we won't be able to fill all the orders."

Reach Carly Phillips at (803) 648-1395.