Fulfilling the boss’ orders is perhaps one of the prime duties of any employee, regardless of his or her seniority, but some employers take advantage of their senior position by asking staff to some rather weird things.
A new survey by CareerBuilder recently asked 3,022 full-time, private sector workers in the US to grade their bosses on their performance.
More than six in 10 (63%) workers said their manager deserved an “A” or a “B” while 14% admitted their boss deserved a “D” or even worse, an “F”.
The survey highlighted 22% of employees revealed their current boss has asked them do things unrelated to their jobs, and unsurprisingly, 51% of those employees gave their bosses grades “C” or worse.
The study also showed a correlation between positive ratings of bosses and their open communication styles.
“Managers who interact frequently and communicate directly are more likely to have the support of their employees,” Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder, said.
“The ideal form of that communication will vary from individual to individual, but everyone’s jobs get done better when expectations and roles are clearly defined. The best managers understand the triggers for their workers’ success and are able to course correct when productivity drops or conflict arises.”
Here are the 10 most unusual and real boss requests:
1. Asked employee to coach other employees on how to pass a drug test
2. Asked employee to fire a colleague and then drive them home
3. Asked for employee’s opinions of Tinder profiles
4. Asked employee to order items on personal Amazon account so boss’s spouse wouldn’t know about it
5. Asked employee to pluck a client’s unibrow for a photo shoot
6. Asked that employees “like” his Facebook videos
7. Asked if employee would be better friends with him
8. Asked employee to find out how to obtain death certificate for her deceased ex-husband
9. Asked employee to commiserate with daughter-in-law about the death of her cat
10. Asked employee to climb on roof to see if there were any dead birds