8 Oddball Requests From the Boss

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2016-06-30 Email

In the course of your career, you may have had a demanding boss or two, but have you ever had one who asked you to be a chauffeur for members of her family? Feed his pets? Or help him break up with his significant other? Believe it or not, these are real-life requests that real-life managers have asked of their staffers, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. From asking for help with personal grooming to requesting a worker to plan a high school reunion, some supervisors have gone out of bounds with their expectations of what they can ask their employees to do. And while the oddball requests presented here are fairly funny, they underscore a more serious, common situation: A notable share of employees say their manager has made demands that have nothing to do with work, according to additional findings from CareerBuilder. In a number of cases, such difficulties have contributed to a worker's resignation. The takeaway: All managers should cultivate a workplace environment in which their requests of employees are about the business—not about their personal lives. More than 3,030 employees took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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