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11 Unusual Requests From Bosses

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 09-27-2014
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    A boss asked an administrator to cut off his tie, because it was caught in the paper shredder.
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    Another was asked to communicate between two execs who were not speaking to each other.
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    Earth Day

    A boss told an admin to mail a box of dirt.
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    Plumbing Primer

    A supervisor told an admin to send an email to staff to explain how to properly flush the toilet.
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    Navigational Assistance

    A boss asked an admin to help land a helicopter on top of the office building.
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    MIA

    An admin was told to call airport security to locate a missing shoe.
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    Another was directed to call a hotel in London to request soft pillows for the CEO.
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    Paper Chase

    A supervisor asked an admin to take samples of toilet paper from all the office bathrooms and compare them.
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    Bah Humbug!

    A boss told an admin to purchase—and assemble—Christmas trees in seven office locations.
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    Force of Habit

    A supervisor asked an admin to rent a nun costume for an event.
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    A boss told an admin to get a snake out of the women's bathroom.
 

You've probably heard about bosses who ask support staff to pick up their dry cleaning, or set up restaurant reservations for them (and not for business-related occasions either). And perhaps you've occasionally felt guilty about asking these valued employees to do something that would be "beneath" your IT team members. If so, you may not feel so badly after reading the following list of 11 unusual real-life requests that administrative professionals have been asked (ordered?) to perform, as compiled from a new survey from OfficeTeam. After all, it's highly unlikely (we hope) that you've ever directed anyone to conduct any of these jobs. They run the range of lowly to-do's involving toilets and toilet paper, bickering executives, pampered CEOs and even snakes. All of which speaks to how underappreciated these employees are. "Administrative staff often are tasked with 'saving the day' when unusual situations arise," says Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam. "They must be resourceful, have strong people skills and remain calm under pressure, especially when responding to unorthodox requests." More than 2,200 administrative professionals took part in the research. For more about the survey, click here.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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