Employers Share Top 20 Strangest Complaints They Received from Employees in New CareerBuilder Survey!

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In the midst of a stressful employment environment, hiring managers took some time to bring a little levity to the workplace. More than 2,600 hiring managers participated in a nationwide survey from CareerBuilder, citing examples of the oddest complaints they received from employees. Highlights include:

  • Employee is too sun-tanned.
  • Employee has big hair.
  • Employee eats all the good cookies.
  • Employee is so polite, it’s infuriating.
  • Employee suspected co-worker is a pimp.
  • Employee is trying to poison me.
  • Employee’s body is magnetic and keeps de-activating my magnetic access card.
  • Employee is personally responsible for a federally-mandated tax increase.
  • Employee was annoyed the company didn’t provide a place for naps during break
  • Employee only wears slippers or socks at work.
  • Employee’s aura is wrong.
  • Employee smells like road ramps.
  • Employee breathes too loudly.
  • Employee wants to check a co-worker for ticks.
  • 8:00 a.m. is too early to get up for work.
  • Employee wore pajamas to work.
  • Employee has bells on her shoes and it’s not the holidays.
  • Co-worker reminded the employee too much of Bambi.
  • Employee spends too much time caring for stray cats around the building.
  • A male employee keeps using the ladies’ room because the men’s room is not as tidy.

Survey Methodology
This survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive© on behalf of CareerBuilder.com between May 22 and June 10, 2009 among 2,667 hiring managers and human resource professionals (employed full-time; not self-employed; with at least significant involvement in hiring decisions; non- government) ages 18 and over. With a pure probability sample of 2,667 one could say with a 95 percent probability that the overall results have a sampling error of +/- 1.9 percentage points. Sampling error for data from sub-samples is higher and varies.



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