International Underlings Day was created in 1984 by Peter D. Morris to recognize those not honored by National Boss Day, Administrative Professional Day, Programmers’ Day, Professional Speakers Day, International Working Women’s Day—the list goes on.
Do you sometimes feel like work is a cosmic joke, that the ladder of success has a few broken rungs?
Do you know how everyone else likes their coffee, lunch and dry cleaning?
Have you ever delivered bagels to a roomful of executives going through trust exercises?
Have you ever felt paralyzed by fear as you watched a coworker get fired for making a paperclip chain? Did you then feel:
a) relief that it wasn’t you
b) shame for feeling relieved
c) resentment that you’re still stuck in your crappy job
d) despair when you imagine that person walking around outside, free?
Have you ever quit a job, confident you would never work in such an insane asylum again, only to end up in progressively more horrifying workplaces?
If you answered yes to any or all of the above questions, you might be an underling. Congratulations: you have a day. Unfortunately but perhaps fittingly, that day falls on February 29th, which occurs once every four years. That makes 2016 only the ninth celebration of this holiday.
Have a happy International Underlings Day. You deserve it. Just don’t expect cake.