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April 17, 2021

What's the most outrageous thing you've been asked to do at work?

One of the best ways to ensure your day-to-day work life is something to look forward to and that your career remains on an upward trajectory is to stay on your boss' good side.

A big part of maintaining the boss-employee relationship is to never allow a manager to think you dislike your work, are incapable of doing it, or—worse—consider it beneath you, warns Karen Burns, author of  The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl: Real-Life Career Advice You Can Actually Use.

As a result, expressions like “That’s not my job” or “It’s not my problem” should never pass your lips, she suggests.

But “no” is always an option, she says, even if it might jeopardize the relationship you share with your boss. It's essential to position yourself in the best way possible if and when you have to say no at work.

Sometimes, requests are either too wierd or simply inappropriate for even the keenest of workers to put up with. Many workers have been asked to do some pretty crazy – and at times potentially dangerous – things for those that call the shots.  


Nearly one-in-four workers (23 percent) report that their bosses have asked them to perform tasks that are completely unrelated to their jobs, according to a new CareerBuilder study.

Those requests include being asked to be prepared to delete all emails and computer files at a moment’s notice, serve as a surrogate mother, buy a rifle, post phony comments online, prepare a science fair project, remove stitches, and bail another coworker out of jail.

What's the most outrageous thing you've been asked to do at work? Did you comply? If so, what eventually happened?

By Gordon Powers, MSN Money



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Gordon PowersGordon Powers

A long-time fund company executive, Gordon Powers now heads up the Affinity Group, a financial services consulting firm. Gordon was a personal finance columnist for the Globe & Mail for many years, has taught retirement planning...

Jason BucklandJason Buckland

The modern-day MC Hammer of money, Jason can often be seen spending cash that isn’t his with the efficiency of a Wilt Chamberlain first date. After cutting his teeth as a reporter for the Toronto Sun, he joined the MSN Money team with...