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Strange Job Requests – and What HR Can Learn From Them

Insane Job Requests

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According to this article and CareerBuilder, 22% of workers have been asked to do things outside of their job description.

But what was most insightful was that many of these requests weren’t little workplace add-ons. Some of these requests are downright ridiculous!

Things like:

  • “LIKE” the boss’ Facebook videos.
  • Fire another employee – and then drive the terminated coworker home.
  • Coach another coworker on how to pass a drug test.
  • Taking a detour on the way to court to have a voodoo priest ritually bless the case.

The article has even more examples!

So what’s an HR executive to do about requests like this? For one, you can’t let it continue. Communication will be key, and the tone in which it’s delivered (especially if the culprit is the boss) must be wise.

Simply stating that some coworkers have made complaints about being asked to do things outside of their job description is a great place to start. From there, remind the person how these kinds of requests can lead to lawsuits – if that doesn’t get your boss’s attention, I don’t know what will!

But again, keep things professional, and gauge how the requests range in the context of your corporate culture.

Any other advice from you HR pros out there?