Some of the Most Unusual Things Bosses Ask Employees To Do

By Eric B. Meyer

Yesterday, CareerBuilder released its list of the 15 of the most unusual things that bosses have asked employees to do.

I’ve had a lot of rough, odd jobs in my lifetime, and I consider myself lucky — requests made of me only made the list twice.

OK. Seven.

Yep, seven. At any rate, here is the the Careerbuilder list:

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  • Boss asked employee to be prepared to delete all emails and computer files at a moment’s notice.
  • Boss asked employee to be a surrogate mother for her — more than once.
  • Boss asked employee to spy on senior management.
  • Boss asked employee to buy a rifle for him, and he would reimburse the employee.
  • Boss asked employee if she knew of anyone who could “hook him up” with illegal substances.
  • Boss asked employee to go online and post false good comments about him.
  • Boss asked employee to come up with a science fair project for her daughter.
  • Boss asked employee to fire his (the boss’s) brother.
  • Boss asked employee to lend him $400 for a down payment on a car.
  • Boss asked employee to remove her stitches.
  • Boss asked employee to be better friends with him.
  • Boss asked employee to scour an abandoned office building for furniture and supplies they could use.
  • Boss asked employee to bail another co-worker out of jail.
  • Boss asked employee to clip her dog’s nails.
  • Boss asked employee to help plan her wedding.

What’s the weirdest thing that your boss has asked you to do? Let me know in the comments below.

This was originally published on Eric B. Meyer’s blog, The Employer Handbook.

You know that scientist in the action movie who has all the right answers if only the government would just pay attention? Eric B. Meyer, Esq. gets companies HR-compliant before the action sequence. Serving clients nationwide, Eric is a Partner at FisherBroyles, LLP, which is the largest full-service, cloud-based law firm in the world, with approximately 210 attorneys in 21 offices nationwide. Eric is also a volunteer EEOC mediator, a paid private mediator, and publisher of The Employer Handbook (, which is pretty much the best employment law blog ever. That, and he's been quoted in the British tabloids. #Bucketlist.


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