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The strangest things left behind at the office

Next time you bump into your office’s support staff, don’t dismiss them as people who only help keep your desks clean or transfer your calls – they know much more about you than you think.

According to a new survey by CareerBuilder, not only have 53% of support staff workers overheard confidential conversations at work, but 11% have stumbled upon information that could cause someone to be fired.

Polling more than 500 support staff employees in the United States, the survey found dissatisfaction at work, rumours and backstabbing are among the most popular themes of hush-hush conversations among workers.

While more than six out of 10 (62%) respondents reported hearing conversations around people complaining about the boss or other workers, 35% said the most popular theme of discussion in the office was about layoffs or firing someone.

The report was not just about talk, but action as well. More than a few support staffers dropped hints about seeing evidence of employees engaging in some not-suitable-for-work behaviours during off-hours, when asked about the most unusual things they’ve seen left lying around the workplace or in the trash.

Here is the list of the most unusual things found left in the workplace:

  • A list of employee salaries.
  • Picture of partially-dressed co-worker.
  • Layoff and compensation paperwork.
  • Upcoming reorganisation diagram.
  • An old love letter from one person in the office to another.
  • A predetermination request for a breast augmentation.
  • A short story about the boss and several co-workers cast in an unflattering light.
  • A pregnancy test.
  • An employee’s response to a personal dating ad.
  • An employee’s resume on the copier.
  • A letter from the boss’s mistress.
  • The boss’s ex-wife’s bank account statement.
  • An employee’s tax return.
  • Stolen event tickets.
  • A diamond ring.
  • A passport.
  • A full key set for the facility.

What are some of the most unusual things you have found left behind at the office? Write to us in the comments section below!

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