The 15 most unusual things a boss has asked an employee to do

recently released a list of 15 of the most unusual things that bosses have asked employees to do. The national survey, which was conducted online by Harris Interactive from February 11 to March 6, 2013, included more than 3,600 U.S. workers across industries and company sizes. First, participants were asked to grade their boss’s performance. The majority (66 percent) gave an above average rating, while 64% reported they respect their boss, 37 percent said that they learn from him/her and 32 percent feel they are smarter than their boss. So what about the unusual requests? Here they are, in full:

1) Boss asked employee to be prepared to delete all emails and computer files at a moment’s notice*

2) Boss asked employee to be a surrogate mother for her – more than once*

3) Boss asked employee to spy on senior management

4) Boss asked employee to buy a rifle for him, and he would reimburse the employee

5) Boss asked employee if she knew of anyone who could “hook him up” with illegal substances

6) Boss asked employee to go online and post false good comments about him*

7) Boss asked employee to come up with a science fair project for her daughter

8) Boss asked employee to fire his (the boss’s) brother

9) Boss asked employee to lend him $400 for a down payment on a car

10) Boss asked employee to remove her stitches*

11) Boss asked employee to be better friends with him

12) Boss asked employee to scour an abandoned office building for furniture and supplies they could use

13) Boss asked employee to bail another coworker out of jail*

14) Boss asked employee to clip her dog’s nails

15) Boss asked employee to help plan her wedding*

“The study shows the majority of workers have a good relationship with their bosses, where they feel supported and valued,” said Rosemary Haefner, Vice President of Human Resources at CareerBuilder. “If your boss is asking you to do something outside of your scope of work responsibilities, it’s important to have open communications around what is appropriate.”  *CareerBuilder and Harris Interactive November 2012 survey of more than 3,500 U.S. workers.  ]]>

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