Struggling with what to put in your holiday card to the boss? The easy part is getting the card; however, for me, the harder part is crafting an appropriate message or greeting! We’ve put together a list of some crazy New Year wishes to the boss.

Could you dare get away with saying these to your boss? If you want to keep your job, you should probably not say them! To keep you in good graces, we’ve included a boring list of politically correct things to say to your boss, clients or workmates. Pick the one or two you like best and file the rest under “G for garbage”!

But first, the good stuff:

7 Kiss-Ass Happy New Year Wishes to the Boss:

1. As a boss, you rule. Here’s to another great year of working with you.

The subtext:

7 Kiss-Ass Happy New Year Wishes to the Boss

2. Thanks for sharing the secrets of good management and leading us through another great year.

The subtext: 

7 Kiss-Ass Happy New Year Wishes to the Boss

3. You know, I am NOT at all sucking up. I just really want you to know, what an amazing boss you are. It is such a pleasure to work with you.

The subtext: It takes courage to let go of control. But when you do, great things can happen. Just ask Bruce Springsteen.

7 Kiss-Ass Happy New Year Wishes to the Boss

4. This is the most politically correct card I could find.

The subtext: I’m eliminating the possibility of offending anyone including your wife because who doesn’t celebrate The New Year!?

7 Kiss-Ass Happy New Year Wishes to the Boss - Politically Correct Greeting Card

Happy New Year Wishes to the Boss – Things You Wish You Could Say

1. I am just happy to have a job.

The fine print: This doesn’t necessarily mean I am satisfied with my job. Big difference. I’m only floating along praying for the day when I can tell you really what I’m thinking.

2. You’re not the boss of me.

The fine print: Until I can pay my own iPhone bill, my Mom is the boss of me. A raise would help.

3. I probably shouldn’t tell you this, but…

The fine print: Fill in the blanks. Is silence still the golden rule? Let me know when the rules change.

7 Kiss-Ass Happy New Year Wishes to the Boss: The Simpsons where's the mute button


Before we jump into the safe but boring New Year’s messages, here is a test. Check out the holiday card below. Think of the response you might receive if you gave it to your boss or client.

Does This Card Bring a Smile to Your Face?

When a snowman falls in the woods, does he make a noise? This one does.

The inside of this card reads: “Peace on Earth and Good Will toward Snowmen”

7 Kiss-Ass Happy New Year Wishes to the Boss: Snowman has fallen, and he can't get up! Can you lend me an arm?


22 Small Business Happy Holiday & New Year’s Card Messages

You have the card, now comes the hard part. Don’t panic.

To help make the process of selecting your greeting easier here is an excellent list of 22 somewhat boring but job-safe messages perfect for small businesses!

  1. A World of Good Wishes. One of the real joys this holiday season is the opportunity to say, thank you and wish you the very best for the new year.
  2. We wish you a very Happy Holiday season and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.
  3. Happy Holidays and warm wishes for [insert year]!
  4. Happy Holidays from everyone at [company name]. We hope your holidays will be filled with joy and laughter through the New Year.
  5. Season’s greetings from the entire crew at [company name].
  6. Cheers to the New Year! Wishing you a Happy Holiday season from the team at [company name].
  7. Season’s greetings from the very merry team at [company name].
  8. We wish you joy and peace in [insert year].
  9. We are so grateful to have clients like you in our lives. Happy New Year from [company name].
  10. May you have a spectacular New Year!
  11. May this good cheer last throughout the year.
  12. We appreciate your business and wish you the best in the coming year.
  13. May the holiday spirit be with you and your family today and throughout the New Year.
  14. We’re so glad to have you as a client and look forward to serving you in the future.

Wishing you…

  • A Happy Holiday and a joyful New Year. Best wishes from your friends at [company name].
  • A joyous holiday season with peace & cheer in the New Year!
  • All the best in [insert year]!
  • Great success in the year to come.
  • All the joys of the season and happiness throughout the coming year.
  • A season of joy and looking forward to continued success in [insert year].
  • A bright [insert year] from your friends at [company name].
  • A Happy New Year! We hope it’s your best year ever.


My favorite is the first one. “One of the real joys this holiday season is the opportunity to say thank you and wish you the very best for the new year.” Which ones are your favorites? What are your New Year wishes to the boss?