“Can We Have Bikini Fridays?” And Other Strange Requests…

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say-what-2Thankfully, for everyone in my office, one of my co-workers did not request to institute bikini Fridays — but someone else did. And that’s not even the weirdest thing!

In a new survey by CareerBuilder, hiring managers shared the most memorable requests or recommendations they have received in the office suggestion box.

We had to censor them a little bit, but here are a few that had us in stitches:

  • Request to allow people to change clothes in their cubicles.
  • Request to add a tanning bed to the break room.
  • Request to put beer in the vending machine.
  • Request that jail time be covered under family medical leave.
  • Request to institute bikini Fridays.
  • Request to only be required to work during daylight hours because employee is scared of the dark.
  • Request for a special smoking area for medical marijuana.
  • Request that the HR person wear nicer shoes.
  • Request for more time off to pursue side business as a clown.
  • Request to replace his desk with a futon so employee could lay down and work.
  • Request that the lactation room with gliding chair be used for naps, so everyone can use it.
  • Request to install a swimming pool for employees to use.
  • Request to have the team meeting to be held in Hawaii.

Have you ever made or received a strange suggestion in the inbox? Share them with us!

  1. Your first request to change in the cubicles reminded me of someone I worked with.

    This person didn’t make a request; he just did it and got away with because it was a very small office and he was buddies with our boss). After work, he changed in the supply closet. One time I went to the closet to get some envelopes, but couldn’t open the door. A couple minutes later, he emerged from the supply closet and left for the day.

  2. OMG – I did have somebody I was interviewing for a position inquire about what the hours would be because she pursued her profession as a clown. I said, “8-5, typically.” Her response was, “Thank goodness. I have had such a hard time finding a job that was able to accomodate my clowning schedule. I often am working during the weekends and in the evenings, so I am glad to hear that will not be an issue.”

    I thought, “Really, you had a tough time finding a job that didn’t require nights and weekends?”

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