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What's the strangest thing your boss has asked you to do?

These workers describe the odd things their supervisor has asked of them, and that raises questions about how far an employee should go to please the boss. Have you been in this situation? Share your story: http://tgam.ca/Dp2N

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What is the oddest thing your boss has asked you to do? Nearly one-in-four workers (23 per cent) reported that their bosses have asked them to perform tasks that are not at all related to their job description, says a study by CareerBuilder. Here are some of the real-life examples of the most unusual requests workers said they received from their bosses.

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The boss asked the employee to be prepared to delete all e-mails and computer files at a moment’s notice.

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The boss asked the employee to be a surrogate mother for her - more than once.

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The boss asked the employee to spy on senior management.

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The boss asked the employee to buy a rifle for him, saying he would reimburse the employee later.

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The boss asked the employee if she knew of anyone who could “hook him up” with illegal substances.

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The boss asked the employee to go online and post false good comments about him.

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The boss asked the employee to come up with a science fair project for her daughter.

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The boss asked the employee to fire his (the boss’s) brother.

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The boss asked the employee to lend him $400 for a down payment on a car.

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The boss asked the employee to remove her stitches.

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The boss asked the employee to be better friends with him.

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The boss asked the employee to scour an abandoned office building for furniture and supplies they could use.

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The boss asked the employee to bail another co-worker out of jail.

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The boss asked the employee to clip her dog’s nails.

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The boss asked the employee to help plan her wedding.

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“The study shows the majority of workers have a good relationship with their bosses, where they feel supported and valued,” said Rosemary Haefner, vice-president of human resources at CareerBuilder. “If your boss is asking you to do something outside of your scope of work responsibilities, it’s important to have open communications around what is appropriate.”

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