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Inappropriate Things Bosses Ask Employees to Do

What's the Wildest Thing Your Boss Has Asked You to Do?

It's a simple fact: The boss is the boss. She has the power to make or break your career. If she isn't 100 percent professional she can easily cross the power line and ask you to do things that are well out of your job description.
While I've been lucky enough to always have respectful and appropriate bosses, my friends haven't been as lucky. One friend — an insurance broker — has a boss who routinely asks her to pick up her dog from the doggy daycare center and then pick up her twins from school. I understand asking for a little personal support, but doggie duty seems a little extreme. Dish: What's the wildest thing your boss has ever asked of you?

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Miserably-Yours Miserably-Yours 6 years
Try this: walk the dog, twice a day. Pick up its crap in a plastic bag. Take out the garbage. Carry groceries. Put them away. Bring food from a different area. Bring any item from any area in the residence. Clean out bosses car. Do bosses errands, such as banking, dry cleaning, grocery shopping, library, treat shopping, liquor store, pick up prescriptions, get car repaired and washed. Repair the electronics. Sit in bedroom to take dictation, (while boss is NAKED or getting dressed to go to a meeting). Be available 24/7 for phone calls, email. Help bosses children. Vacuum. Clean up dog mess. Find lost or missing personal items. I am NOT a personal assistant. I am a professional.
figtwig figtwig 7 years
Move her (and her family's) belongings from their home to their lake home. Yeah. That was very much outside of the duties I was hired to do. But I did it.
loveandacademia loveandacademia 7 years
I once was a professor's assistant to someone I assume was suffering from manic episodes. She called me on my land-line at 1am (waking my roommate) and asked me to contact Baryshnikov for her because she had an idea for a new dance for him. Nevermind the fact that she was in the TESOL (teaching English as a second language) program, not dance or arts of any kind.
lyricalsoul lyricalsoul 7 years
A bomb threat in the lobby of our building forced an evacuation of most of the personnel... unfortunately, those of us in the Call Center were stuck. We stood at the windows, watching the bomb squad come, police, feds, etc... our boss came over and yelled at us for not taking calls, informing us that the 'explosion wouldn't reach our floor, which is why we weren't evacuated'. I understand that there were customer's waiting, but if it really was a bomb, did I really want my last minutes to be spent explaining why the customer's bill was 3 dollars higher than last month? And would a bomb really stop at a certain floor, like "oooh... can't explode that high!" Thankfully, the boss has become more human friendly, but still...
gigly_grl gigly_grl 7 years
I wouldn't say "ask" because I was never actually told what was happening or approached... but one day a film crew arrived in the office and I was expected to "act" in an reality show pilot. No joke.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
I have had two bosses who were very similar in that I would always be asked to pick up food/drink for them in various circumstances, BUT you know what? While I didn't love doing it, I find that people always like the person who provides them food, so I was always in their good books for doing the tasks good-naturedly. I can't think of a ridiculous task they asked me to do, aside from fetching them stuff at awful hours of the night on business trips or being made to stand in lines for them or watch their luggage while they shopped or eat dinner at a stupidly expensive restaurant until midnight when I had to work the next day. But it's not that bad, considering.
le-romantique le-romantique 7 years
Mine's pretty nasty.... this was this past weekend...he demanded that I take my earplugs out of my ears at a concert (that our company was producing) and give them to him. hahahah.
nyxmoxie nyxmoxie 7 years
Nothing except when I used to go get lunch, they'd ask me if I could get lunch for them as well. It irritated me because it was taking minutes out of my 30 minute lunch to also order for them. Nowadays I just don't do that. I'd rather quit than work for someone unreasonable like that again.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
In my past, I had one boss use me for my friends. Back then, I was fairly well-connected (socially speaking). My boss was interested in the social circle I was running in. He would have a dinner party, invite me, and insist I bring certain friends along. Needless to say, I don't work for that man anymore.
amber512 amber512 7 years
I have an absolutely amazing boss that would never ask me to do something awful. I feel very blessed! In fact, I don't think I've ever had a terror of a boss. Even at jobs that were AWFUL in their conditions, I always had a great manager.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
My boss right now has never asked me to do anything strange, but my boss at one of my old jobs once made me drive to Starbucks and get coffees for everyone. I ended up spilling them all over my car and I had to go back and get them again.
socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 7 years
I too have been lucky for most of my career with bosses that keep it professional. But when I was still in college I worked for a professor, my job was research for his book, but I would pick up his kids about once a week and did his grocery shopping once.
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