Have you been asked to bear your boss' traffic offence?
If you have been asked by your boss to do something outside the scope of your job description, then you are not alone. According to JobsCentral's recent survey, nearly two out of every five workers (39.1 per cent) in Singapore have ever been asked by their bosses to perform tasks that fall outside their job scope.
In addition, 21.3 per cent of workers reported ever having to accomplish a request, which was just outright absurd.
JobsCentral compiled 20 of the most bizarre requests from Singapore bosses. These are:
1. Worker was asked to swap all her pink-colored stationeries with the boss's blue ones. Her boss dislikes blue
2. Worker was told to wait in her boss's car and to look out for ticketing officers while he was at a meeting. The car was parked illegally
3. Worker was asked to bear his boss's traffic offence
4. Worker recalled queuing up for a balloon for her boss's daughter. Her boss didn't want to do it herself as the queue was too long and she wanted to have lunch
5. Worker had to write a letter on behalf of her boss to her boss's close friend who was dying
6. Worker had to plan the timetables of her boss's child
7. Worker was asked to find a girlfriend for his boss's son
8. Female worker was asked to go on a date with the boss's son
9. Worker had to dress up as Batman for a meeting with a client
10. Worker was asked to dance for his colleagues at a corporate Christmas party
11. Worker was asked to promote the boss's hobbies on her own personal Facebook page, otherwise he will hold a grudge against her
12. Worker was asked by her boss to find a dog that does not bark
13. Worker had to care for her boss's pet over the holidays
14. Worker had to play mahjong with his boss through the night though he had to report to work early the next day
15. Worker had to provide her boss with 'live' updates on game scores
16. Worker was asked to translate lyrics to a song
17. Worker was asked to identify a dead colleague at the morgue
18. Worker was asked not to wear a particular color to work
19. Worker was asked to find an auspicious day for her boss to move into a new office
20. Worker was asked to book a hotel room using his own credit card then lie to the boss's wife when she called the office
JobsCentral also said that Gen X workers are the usual 'fall guy' of Singapore bosses.
People aged 30 to 45 are "usually the ones that bosses would call upon to accomplish non-work related task, followed by Baby Boomers – aged 46 to 65 (39.4 percent) and Millennials – aged 29 and below (37.2 per cent)," said JobsCentral.
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