Open Discussion: What’s the Strangest Thing your Boss has Asked you to do?
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I bet you that at least once you have been in an awkward situation at your job that involved your boss. According to a study made by CareerBuilder, 23% of the employees reported that their bosses ask them to perform tasks that are not related to their jobs.
It is completely normal when your boss asks you things like: “When are you going to finish your paperwork?”, “Can you stay two or more hours to finish this thing?”, or “Why are you googling memes instead of working?!?” OK, you probably aren’t doing that at work, but you get the point.
Well, there is a very thin, almost invisible line, between a normal work-related question and an asked favor that is completely inappropriate. The important thing here is to differentiate between them so that you can avoid situations that you don’t want to be in.
Examples of some strange things that bosses have asked their employees:
Things unrelated to your job.
“My boss asked me to be in a photo shoot for an ad dressed as a superhero”.
“She asked me to pluck a black hair off her face before a meeting”.
Requesting Personal Favors
“The boss asked me to be a surrogate mother for her – more than once.”
“He asked me for a back rub”.
Something very Embarrassing or Illegal
“She asked me to wait on her illegally parked car”.
“He asked me to lend him money for….”
- How to Keep a Good Relationship with your Boss
No matter what weird thing that has been done or said to you by your boss, you have the right to say no. First, remember to have a good relationship with your boss, and if you want to keep it that way, communication is very important. So, first listen, be patient, and then be clear and polite about what is or is not appropriate behavior.
To read a great article which includes four ways to tactfully say no to your boss, CLICK HERE. However, if your boss continues in the inappropriate behavior, you may need to seek the counsel of your HR department.
How to Say No to Your Boss
What strange things has your boss requested you to do and how did you handle the situation? Comment below:
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