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Hiring Managers Share the 20 Strangest Employee Complaints

Complaining about your co-workers to your office's or department's hiring manager is only acceptable when the issue is actually intrusive and hinders your ability to be an effective employee. Some workers have interesting ideas of what managers care to spend their time deliberating, and CareerBuilder gave these office referees a chance to vent by asking them about the strangest employee complaints they'd received.

I'm convinced that some employees are just bored, and some are really meant to work by themselves at home. Check out the top 20 complaints below; which do you think are the strangest?

  • Employee is too suntanned.
  • Employee has big hair.
  • Employee eats all the good cookies.
  • Employee is so polite, it’s infuriating.
  • Employee suspected co-worker is a pimp.
  • Employee is trying to poison me.
  • Employee’s body is magnetic and keeps de-activating my magnetic access card.
  • Employee is personally responsible for a federally mandated tax increase.
  • Employee was annoyed the company didn’t provide a place for naps during break time.
  • Employee only wears slippers or socks at work.

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  • Employee’s aura is wrong.
  • Employee smells like road ramps.
  • Employee breathes too loudly.
  • Employee wants to check a co-worker for ticks.
  • 8:00 a.m. is too early to get up for work.
  • Employee wore pajamas to work.
  • Employee has bells on her shoes, and it’s not the holidays.
  • Co-worker reminded the employee too much of Bambi.
  • Employee spends too much time caring for stray cats around the building.
  • A male employee keeps using the ladies’ room because the men’s room is not as tidy.
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The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 7 years
We have a sofa in a back supplies room specifically for napping purposes, and we all squabble over who will get to use it on any given day, lol. And we're supposed to be this serious, professional office :-D But we love our naps!!
Advah Advah 7 years
Hahah that's amazing! I can def see myself getting annoyed at someone who'd be too polite or breathe too loud, sadly.. And I agree we should have napping facilities at work!
skigurl skigurl 7 years
i'm pretty sure i worked with this one: Employee spends too much time caring for stray cats around the building.
lickety-split lickety-split 7 years
if they really do eat "all the good cookies", i mean come on! they have to go, right :rotfl:
mek123 mek123 7 years
I think I've worked with these people, just kidding but I have worked with co-workers that have had bizarre requests/behaviors.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
There was a woman I used to work with that complained to HR that she couldn't start work at 8:00 am because she couldn't get up that early...she wanted to know if they could let her come in at 9:00 instead. Yeah, no one really liked her in our office. I kind of like the idea of a nap room at work though. We should work on that one.
pearsbeary pearsbeary 7 years
wow these are definitely bizarre but amusing
SDTransplant SDTransplant 7 years
At my work, men ended up in the women's restroom by accident because it wasn't clear that the bathroom was just for ladies...until we had a sign put up. The men around here are pretty tidy though thankfully, so they should stick to their own restroom!
TidalWave TidalWave 7 years
im going to put bells on my shoes...
syako syako 7 years
Some of these could be legit complaints (could be). Like if you suspect a coworker is a pimp, I mean, that stuff is illegal and I'd think an employer would want to know if their employees were engaged in illegal activities... ;) And I'd be pretty pissed if this guy was one of my coworkers, "A male employee keeps using the ladies’ room because the men’s room is not as tidy." Um, gross!
Chrstne Chrstne 7 years
Haha, these are great.
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