The role of a Human Resource specialist is often a misunderstood role. What do they do all day? Just sit at their desk filing papers and chatting all day long? Far from it. HR people have to tackle all kinds of situations, and it’s usually stuff that they don’t include in the employee handbook.

To find out more about it, one Reddit user asked HR people about the weirdest stuff they had to handle in their line of work. The answers range from all over the place and show just how chaotic it can be managing people at work. How do you politely and professionally tell someone that what they’re doing is completely inappropriate for work and they don’t even realize it? Only our HR people will know.

Check out the top ones collected by Bored Panda and share your weird work stories too!

#1

People In HR Are Sharing 35 Weird And Creepy Things They've Seen On The Job "I've been waiting for this one. Two words: d**k tag. I don't know who started d**k tag, but it became a very popular game very quickly. The whole gist of d**k tag was pretty simple. You popped out your d**k and showed it to another employee. Whoever saw the d**k was 'it.' In order to stop being 'it,' you had to pop your d**k out and show it to someone else. I had heard whisperings, but people denied that it was a thing. I never witnessed anything, so the only thing I could do was to send out an email to remind people of appropriate office behavior. D**k tag continued, until one day it was taken too far. One of our managers — we'll call him Kyle — was an idiot. Kyle decided that the best way to welcome a new employee into the company was to induct him into d**k tag. So, while this poor guy was filling out his new-hire paperwork, Kyle pulled down his pants, dumped his d**k on the table, and yelled, 'YOU'RE IT!'"
"Around the same time, multiple employees were in our parking lot also playing d**k tag. Our lovely and sweet accounts payable lady, Ronnie, was walking into work and got caught in the d**k tag crossfire. This woman, who was super religious and had been with the same man her entire life, clutched her pearls at the sight of a barrage of d**ks coming at her. Ronnie walked into my office like she had seen the devil himself, and before she even got a chance to explain, the new guy walked in after her, handed me back the new-hire paperwork, told me what happened, and said this probably wasn't going to be a good fit for him. Ronnie then launched into her story about the indecency and how she wasn't sure she'd be able to look her husband in the eyes after what she saw. After soothing Ronnie, I called Kyle up, and he explained his side, the rules of the game, and ratted out everyone who was playing. Kyle was fired. That Friday, a company-wide memo went out and banned d**k tag. We had multiple training sessions on sexual harassment, and I had to tell 50 grown men that it's not OK to take your penis out at work."

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Samantha Lomb
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3 months ago

Wow.

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The key to understanding the role of a Human Resource specialist is in their title. Businesses want to look at their employees as more than just that, they want to look at them as… a human. Can you believe it? But in all seriousness, it means looking at the people in their employment (or potential employment) as a resource worth investing in.

Until we’re all replaced with robots that never get tired, demotivated, or run into arguments and strife with their co-workers, looking after the humans, uh- people in the workplace is essential to a healthy and productive environment.

#2

People In HR Are Sharing 35 Weird And Creepy Things They've Seen On The Job Worked in HR for a couple years now, mostly for large firms managing facilities within properties. One of the strangest cases was brought about because a Client asked us to review CCTV footage as he'd driven past the office late at night and noticed the motion sensor lights inside going on and off and was concerned there had been a break in.

Turned out our night security officer who's primary role is to monitor cameras from the control room was skipping up and down the corridors cause "he felt too full of energy" and had to get it out of his system somehow.

Watching the footage of him skipping featuring the occasional star jump through vacant corridors for 20 minutes at 1am really made my day

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3 months ago

Every day could be leg day if you believe

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Interestingly, the roles of an HR specialist will be supplemented (but not replaced) by Artificial Intelligence more often in the future. Some examples include learning-AI’s to track employee performance or assist with the hiring process. According to Gartner’s 2019 research and projections in the workplace, approximately 17% of their respondents already use AI to support their HR department, and these numbers are expected to increase to 30% by 2022.

The reasons for doing this are the same for any kind of automation process. If there’s a way to complete manual and repetitive tasks in a better way, it should be done. These productivity tools can help businesses to save time, and in effect, money too.

#3

People In HR Are Sharing 35 Weird And Creepy Things They've Seen On The Job I used to work in HR at a large corporation.

There was a big HR back-office team doing a lot of processing and data entry including employee's bank info for their salary. It just so happened that on the same day two employees with the same name started, and a huge clusterf**k ensued.

First the banking information was entered for the wrong person, one of them realised and had it corrected, but the other wasn't fixed so both salaries went to one person

The unpaid guy started refusing to come to work, but payroll said that the payment cleared and the account was in his name, so he was terminated for refusing to come to work.

He kept calling and the HR support team kept misidentifying him as the other guy who was still working for us, so when they raised a ticket to get his bank information changed they changed the info of the wrong guy, so now the guy who doesn't work for us is getting paid the salary of a guy who does.

When this was finally worked out the first guy was given his job back, but on his first day back security misidentified him and issued him a badge of the other employee, so now he was clocking hours for the other guy and not getting paid again because he never clocked in for himself.

It took about 3 months for all this to be worked out. Moral of the story is use a f**king email address to identify people

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Robert T
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3 months ago

Upvoting for the deserved use of clusterfuck. :D

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People In HR Are Sharing 35 Weird And Creepy Things They've Seen On The Job I've shared this story before, but...

An employee (from a different country and culture) never showered. He said that whee ehe comes from, they shower about once a month. His coworkers complained of the smell, which was gaggingly offensive. His supervisor eventually sent him home and told him he couldn't come back until he showered.

It was a union business and the guy filed a grievance with the union steward. They came into my office, which has a camera because it was where we had all major disciplinary meetings.

The moment they walked into my office, I almost gagged from the smell. It was suffocating. I had two chairs in front of my desk and I asked them to take a seat while I went and pulled his file. When I left, I pulled the door closed behind me.

I went to my boss's office, told him the situation and asked him to pull up the camera in my office. It was hilarious.

The Union steward was holding his shirt over his nose and telling the guy "Goddamn dude! You're killing me! You've got to take a shower!".

After letting them marinate in the stench for about 10 minutes, I went back in and the Union steward retracted his greviance and agreed to send the guy home.

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3 months ago

Well played.

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The reasons for doing this are the same for any kind of automation process. If there’s a way to complete manual and repetitive tasks in a better way, it should be done. And as soon as possible because these productivity tools can help businesses to save time, and in effect, money too.

And another part of this involves decision-making. When comparing candidates for a job or trying to choosing the best course of action for a business, it’s always easier to let someone else do it. Using statistics and making a pragmatic decision is simple for a computer, and it’ll only take them a few moments to make their calculations compared to an HR specialist who already has a lot on their mind. 

#5

People In HR Are Sharing 35 Weird And Creepy Things They've Seen On The Job Former HR here. A woman once complained that someone in her department kept meowing and it was getting on her nerves. I asked the meowing woman to come to my office. I said “you’re not in trouble but apparently you keep meowing and an employee asked us to address it with you”. Her response: “this is america, I have freedom of speech” and “what happens if she sees a cat in a commercial and the cat meows, does she get mad at the cat?!” To which I replied, “well no, because it’s a cat. It’s expected to meow”. This went on for sometime until she agreed to stop meowing. There was no reason for the meowing. She was just meowing.

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Aleksandra
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3 months ago

How do people like that even get a job in the first place

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#6

People In HR Are Sharing 35 Weird And Creepy Things They've Seen On The Job I used to work at a staffing agency that placed people at manufacturing positions. Everyone had to be drug tested at the office as part of the orientation. If the pee cup came back as “inconclusive”, we’d send the potential hire to a medical lab. They would take another drug test and the lab could determine if the person was on a prescription or using illegal drugs (and therefore, not eligible for hire).

So one guy failed his drug test at the lab. He came back to the office claiming that it wasn’t his fault. He explained that he was riding in a car and he stuck his head of the the window. Then, when the car passed under a bridge, someone threw a bunch of cocaine off the bridge, it hit him in the face, and he accidentally inhaled it.

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beastmachine.
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3 months ago

Definately true how can you even question this

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However, nothing can take the human element out of choosing the best person for the job. A lot of it depends on the character that a potential candidate may bring to the team, and their chemistry within it. Sherrie Haynie, the director of The Myer’s Briggs Company (based on the personality-type testing framework of the same name), said that there’s more to a candidate’s personality than just getting along well with others. 

She told Forbes about her belief in using personality tests to support the hiring process. She said, “Personality is made up of psychological preferences, temperaments, and predispositions. And while many factors influence us (including social and cultural pressures), personality is a major force behind our habits, behaviors, and attitudes. So it’s not surprising that some personality assessments can be a strong predictor of job performance.”

#7

The family of the guy who passed away came to speak to us (it was in a factory environment). To get pension docs etc. We sent them away with a to do list.

1 hour later reception pinged us saying Mr Xs family was here. Strange. The documents take a few days to get.

Nope. New family.

Yup. The guy had 2 different families.

Who were about to have a fun surprise

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Vorknkx
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3 months ago

How do they even pull this off? Doesn't one of the families get suspicious when he is absent for longer periods of time?

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#8

People In HR Are Sharing 35 Weird And Creepy Things They've Seen On The Job Two people had cut a hole in the wall between their offices. They pushed their filing cabinets to hide the hole on both sides. Cleaning staff was asked to deep clean the offices one day and they found the hole.

Both parties involved were married, not to each other. They were having sex through the wall.

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beastmachine.
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3 months ago

A glorious hole it seems

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But at the end of the day, it’s all down to an HR specialist to decide whether or not a candidate is a great fit for the company. Knowing a person well enough also makes it easier to tackle any issues they might have at work too. Although you can never tell exactly what you’re getting yourself into, based on the stories that we see here. 

#9

People In HR Are Sharing 35 Weird And Creepy Things They've Seen On The Job The maintenance guy had been living up above the ceiling of the building. He had built a little cubby living area with electricity and a small fridge and everything.

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Samantha Lomb
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3 months ago

Poor guy likely wasn't making enough to afford rent

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#10

People In HR Are Sharing 35 Weird And Creepy Things They've Seen On The Job I got a call from a woman I'd never spoken to, asking when she could start. She'd received a job offer after interviewing with a manager for a customer service position, she told me, but no one ever contacted her about a start date or pre-employment processes like a background check, and it had been a month.

After a lengthy investigation, it came out that this manager had fabricated a job opening and offered it to this woman in an attempt to impress her. She quit her job (but, it should be noted, did not respond to the manager's romantic overtures) with the expectation of joining my company. She got a settlement (with an NDA) and the guy who "hired" her got fired.

There was also a guy who faked his son's death for some extra PTO.

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Samantha Lomb
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3 months ago

Wow. At least she got compensation and he got fired, but what a creep

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#11

I had to see a video of a guy who s**t himself during work while running to the restroom because his manager wouldn’t let him leave a meeting early... the guy had IBD and the manager knew this, so the video show him running down the hall and literally a few feet from the restrooms, he starts s**tting himself and you see it coming down his leg pant. He looked to be in pain cause he kinda collapsed, and then got back up. People were baffled when they saw this live lol Manager = Fired, so definitely the weirdest s**t I’ve ever seen, literally.

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Samantha Lomb
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3 months ago

Poor guy. What an asshole manager

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#12

People In HR Are Sharing 35 Weird And Creepy Things They've Seen On The Job Someone murdered their husband then called the next day from jail and asked our department for bereavement pay.

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Dave P
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3 months ago

reminds me of the joke of the man who kills his parents and at the trial asks the judge for clemency because he is an orphan

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#13

People In HR Are Sharing 35 Weird And Creepy Things They've Seen On The Job One of the candidates I was interviewing via Skype

answered the phone while in his boxers and a tank top then stood up to grab his blazer that was probably about 3ft away. I had to see him in his stretched out boxers

Had a adult site up and open during a shared screen trial (to see how well he can use the digital classroom). I had to remind him I can see his screen he goes "oh yeah sorry" next instead of just closing it from the corner of his partially hidden window he clicks open the window in full view THEN closes it

That was nice

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WilvanderHeijden
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3 months ago

I guess he didn't get the job and he's still wondering why.

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#14

People In HR Are Sharing 35 Weird And Creepy Things They've Seen On The Job Call center employee calls HR to complain about their supervisor: “He’s abusive... he won’t even let me leave my desk.” Supervisor calls HR to complain about employee: “can you please tell ____ that she’s allowed to leave her desk. Oh my god... she’s s***ting in her trashcan!”

It may sound humorous, but there was significant mental issues at the heart of this.

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Paul C.
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3 months ago (edited)

I worked in the head office for a company on the south coast of England. Each year we had people come down from London to perform the annual audit. I don't know what country they were born in or anything about their upbringing but after a couple of days the cleaners came to me as part of the facilities team and told me that rather than use the toilets normally some of the auditors were wrapping their faeces in toilet paper and leaving it in waste paper bins. Our HR department was so worried about upsetting their "traditions" it was allowed to carry on until they left. We often referred to HR as Human Remains.

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#15

People In HR Are Sharing 35 Weird And Creepy Things They've Seen On The Job Guy came in to the interview in sweatpants and a hoodie, and said he didn’t need the job because of how much money he was making illegally, but he wanted to have a job so the IRS didn’t get suspicious.

Weirdest part is I don’t live in America, I very much doubt the IRS cares about Canadian tax returns.

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Samantha Lomb
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3 months ago

Actually, they do. American citizens working abroad still have to file with the IRS and you do need to submit copies of your tax withholding and salary information from the country you work in. The US is one of the few countries to do this.

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#16

People In HR Are Sharing 35 Weird And Creepy Things They've Seen On The Job Got a call from our office in India that staff who supported the night shift were running a brothel from the office. They didn't know they couldn't do that.

Still fired. They tried to appeal the decision. Did not work.

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beastmachine.
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3 months ago

Hmm, someone forgot to read the rules it seems

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People In HR Are Sharing 35 Weird And Creepy Things They've Seen On The Job I worked closely with HR in a call center. You'd get some crazy stuff.

Guy that carried a cooler every day was wiping s**t on random walls and desks. It was his s**t in his cooler. We thought it was his lunch. He got caught when he wiped it on the front desk directly in sight of the camera.

Another guy had a colostomy bag that he refused to empty when it got full. You would find these trails of liquid poo randomly and we had to throw out four chairs that he ruined. He was fired quickly and tried to claim discrimination because he was a veteran.

You'd also get a crazy amount of period stains on chairs. Look, it happens, but when it's the same few people (and we have free sanitary supplies in the bathroom!) you know they just don't care.

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beastmachine.
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3 months ago

Tf...

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#18

People In HR Are Sharing 35 Weird And Creepy Things They've Seen On The Job Midway through an interview, the applicant reached into his briefcase, pulled out a beer, cracked it open, and took a sip. I guess he figured that he was not a good match for this particular job and the interview was over. He then made a bit of small talk and left.

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The Dave
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3 months ago

Nice!

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People In HR Are Sharing 35 Weird And Creepy Things They've Seen On The Job I once had a temp job in HR. I was scanning lots of old personnel files, and the one perk of the job was reading old complaints against people. The best one I came across was a mediation caused by one member of staff accusing another of witchcraft.

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Samantha Lomb
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3 months ago (edited)

Personnel files and complaints are the best reads. Some of them are so petty and many ridiculous. And I say this as a historian who loves digging through Soviet party records. My favorite this month is a Gulag prosecutor who signed his own arrest warrant in a corruption proceeding ( for stealing goods from Latvian prisoners to resell) either because he was that grossly incompetent or he just signed things without reading them.

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#20

Worked for a large trucking company. Every employee would get a present on their birthday (in the mail) and their names on the video board (this weeks birthdays are:).

A guy called to ask if his name could not be on the board. Reason : his twin brother murdered his parents and he did not want to be reminded of his birthday

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beastmachine.
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3 months ago

That's just sad

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#21

I was interviewing a candidate via Skype, and their connection was not very clear. There was often a little bit of lag in his response, and there was almost no sync between the video and audio. He also thought over each question for some time before answering. I offered to reschedule the call when he had better network connection, but he insisted on finishing the call since he'd taken the day off for the interview. After I asked one of the questions, I told him to take his time and think over the answer. Suddenly, there seemed to be a spike in the internet connection, and I could clearly hear someone sitting behind the laptop, coaching him on what to say

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Dorothy Parker
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3 months ago

Was his name Cyrano?

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#22

We had a manager who was having an affair. To hide the affair from her husband, she had saved her boyfriend’s phone number in her phone as the name of a male subordinate. Well, one day the husband was looking at her phone and found the text conversation with her boyfriend. He was pissed, and since she had saved the number of the boyfriend under the name of an employee, he came to the office to fight the male employee. Imagine being the male subordinate and getting an ass-kicking over something you have no knowledge of

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John C
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3 months ago

She's not nearly as smart as she thinks. lol

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#23

One of our former VPs was let go due to improper use of a company card. What did she buy? A boob job. You can’t make this s**t up

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Yuki Li
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3 months ago

Welp. Not like you can remove them now.

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#24

People In HR Are Sharing 35 Weird And Creepy Things They've Seen On The Job The new receptionist was coming in every morning and opening up programs/documents to make it look like they were busy, and they'd sit with one hand on their mouse and one hand on their keyboard and stare blankly at their screen for 8 hours a day and not do anything. They'd also consistently pick up the phone and hang it up without saying anything so that it would stop ringing.

I sat in on their termination, and the employee started screaming at the manager about how they were doing an amazing job, and they had to give them another chance... I was 100% confident that they were just trying to get some easy money and wouldn't be surprised that they were finally getting fired, the whole thing was just bizarre.

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Tiny Dynamine
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3 months ago

I'd prefer to do boring work than sit there with no kind of mental activity all day.

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People In HR Are Sharing 35 Weird And Creepy Things They've Seen On The Job An IT guy who worked the overnight shift (because he was doing support for our Asia/Europe regions) got written up for improper use of company systems. He had dozens if not hundreds of Google image searches related to foot fetish stuff. Like insert celebrity here feet along with other random stuff like “cute toes”, etc

Like dude...YOU’RE IN IT. You KNOW this stuff is tracked and that your boss could easily monitor it.

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beastmachine.
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3 months ago

And he was the IT guy

WilvanderHeijden
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3 months ago

They didn't say he was good at his job.

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Jo Choto
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3 months ago

Oh lord, I remember running through some reports on the computer before a visit from the regional manager and found a stash of kink photos where the reports were filed. Turns out my part-timer had some rather specific interests. I told him that I had found some pictures and deleted them before they had been found by the higher ups, and that in future he should not use company property to pursue his "interests". He was very grateful that I wasn't a complete ass about it. I was grateful that the regional manager didn't find the pictures!

Victoria Pitt
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3 months ago

What an idiot... I type as I'm reading and commenting on my computer at work. lol :-/

An Co
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3 months ago

Some IT guys think they are good enough to block the tracking. Or worse, they think they are the only one whose job it is to do the tracking.

Konpat
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3 months ago

I"ll never understand sexual interest in feet.

Pat Bond
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3 months ago

This really depends on a few things. When an eymployee starts to miss deadlines or just not doing their job well, their line manager can ask to look at internet history with the permission of the HR & Legal dept usually to find out what's going on. I get the feeling this guy wasn't doing a lot of tasks and this was an excuse to weed him out. The guy works in IT, he would have been called in for a chat, and just as he enters the office, his colleagues would have been instructed to lock his account followed by a change of the admin password and he would never have been allowed back to his desk to clear it.

Rickster
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3 months ago

This is why you use a separate personal laptop at work that isn't connected to the network.

Riley Quinn
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3 months ago

Obviously not a very good IT guy. Arrogant little prig most likely assumed he was the only one who could delve into the system.

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I started working in HR-ish functions shortly after college. It took a few years before I got to make hiring decisions, but it happened eventually. The first position I was to fill was an Admin for a client's leadership (middle manager over ~300 people). After interviews we ended up with a super bright and professional lady. Her fake name for this story will be Sarah. Sarah always had the biggest smile, was super positive, and everyone loved having her on the team.

Three months later, the client calls me. "painturd, we need to talk about Sarah." "Is everything ok?" "No, it really isn't. Do you have her emergency contact information? You need to get in touch with her mom. She needs to come to the hospital. We are heading there now too." Several hours of juggling calls to family, the General Manager, our parent corporation's Legal and HR teams, and a federal investigative body ensued. Sarah had jumped off a seven-story parking garage, which was on site at the federal facility we were supporting.

TL;DR: My first hire killed herself at work, triggering a federal investigation.

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Mrs S
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3 months ago

Depression can definitely be hidden behind smiles and laughter

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#27

People In HR Are Sharing 35 Weird And Creepy Things They've Seen On The Job I was a recruiter, and you would be shocked to see what some people actually have as their personal email. Most people have come around to using just their name, but then every once in a while you'll have to verify that "brownglitter69" is in fact how they would like to be contacted.

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Kari Panda
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3 months ago

One of our customers has 'spicedonkey'. To this day, I really want to know the story behind this.

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#28

A guy who was so high at the time of his interview that he forgot who he was meeting and why.

Our applications say we do not hire violent felons. A guy checked that he was felon. When I asked him about it, he said it was for domestic violence and stalking. I asked him if he read the part about us not hiring violent felons and he just couldn’t connect the dots. It’s got violence in the name of the charge, dude.

Literally had a guy complain, “How come we only have overtime when YOU want it?!” “You” meaning the company. That’s how jobs work, man.

In casual conversation a guy told me the “hilarious” story about how his girlfriend got an IUD without his permission so he ripped it out by the strings.

Had a mom show up on behalf of her son for the interview.

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Susie Elle
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3 months ago

Poor girlfriend, I could feel my uterus wince

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#29

People In HR Are Sharing 35 Weird And Creepy Things They've Seen On The Job The HR person from my previous job told me about having to fire an employee who consistently went into the employee fridges and stole the cheese off people's sandwiches. HR had gotten several complaints of food tampering, so they watched the video of the area and finally figured out who the ‘Cheese Bandit’ was

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mulk
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3 months ago

His name? Mickey....

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#30

I investigated a performance issue where an older nurse decided to give a wedgie to a younger nurse whose thong was showing. The older nurse had no remorse and justified the action because they thought the thong was inappropriate

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The Dave
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3 months ago

I’ve heard of nurses doing MUCH worse.

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#31

It's not super weird but just the idea that this guy thought this would work still confuses me.

I worked at a corporate office for a line of dental brands. We had all the upper mgmt of course, then a call center, tech, insurance, and HR on the same floor. It was a pretty cool place tbh.

Anyway, I ran background checks on folks as part of my job. We had a 40ish Male come in and apply for insurance dept. We ended up deciding he was worth hiring so we start the paperwork. We get his social, his birthday, etc. Ran the check, came back with his name, clean record, everything seemed fine... but upon our last look through of his background check we notice his birthday is completely different. And not just like a number off or anything but more like a 25 year difference with a completely different month and day. Turns out the dude used his dad's SSN on his app because he had a deeeeeeep history with fraud and the like. Definitely dodged a bullet there.

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Two_rolling_black_eyes
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3 months ago

So a guy with a history of fraud committed fraud and identity theft on a job application? Sounds like HR needed to make a phone call to the local constabulary. I'm all for giving someone a second chance because we all make mistakes. People should be encouraged to do better for themself and the world. However, the serial offender needs to be reminded of consequences when they do it again before they hurt another person.

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#32

People In HR Are Sharing 35 Weird And Creepy Things They've Seen On The Job My dad works in HR. He just told me about a day when they had to layoff about half of the company. It was crazy and there were a whole lot of moving parts that day. Unfortunately, in all the craziness, no one remembered to tell this one new hire that sadly the position he was hired for was no longer affordable. So he came in to the office only to see everyone clearing out their desks and leaving. And then...he got laid off. An hour into his first day.

He said the guy understood, but it was the most horrible he ever felt for someone in his life.

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Ka Se
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3 months ago

I don't understand. Thats mayor mismanagement.

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#33

People In HR Are Sharing 35 Weird And Creepy Things They've Seen On The Job A guy pinned a real wasp to his resume to prove he was 'metal'. This was for a software developer job, but most of his resume was about his band.

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WilvanderHeijden
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3 months ago

You're only real metal if you have at least one thumbtack in your eyeball.

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People In HR Are Sharing 35 Weird And Creepy Things They've Seen On The Job Former hiring manager in a small agency, specializing in tech. I was in charge of dealing with designers and visual artists.

Sheer incompetence was pretty much the default: Roughly 80% of the CVs I got were idiots with photoshop who think they are the next Stefan Sagmeister. That was normal.

I was tasked with finding candidates for a senior motion artist position. Pretty cool stuff, but also supposed to be fairly easy: the list of requirements was very clear, and largely technical.

I then received the CV of a potential candidate, lets call them Kevin. It lists relevant positions and education. No list of tools, nor link to showreel, but, I mean, the fact they suck at writing CVs doesn't mean they suck at what they do. Right?

I mail them back asking for one. They reply, asking he doesn't have one.

Allright, then can you send samples of things you made? Doesn't have to be commercial work. Just anything showcasing their abilities.

I get a reply. With files attached.

It's PowerPoint.

With WordArt. And the built-in effects.

Puzzled, I asked Kevin if he sent me wrong contents. Weird accidents happen. It wouldn't be the first.

"I also know Word, if it helps."

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Victoria Pitt
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3 months ago

Ha ha I'm a graphic designer working professionally for 16 years. I can't tell you how many people I have encountered, either not in the industry at all or sometimes actually IN the industry, who had no idea about the basics of graphic arts. Low res clip art in a ppt would pop up more often than you'd think lol It's alarming. and also, why don't I get paid more? ha ha

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People In HR Are Sharing 35 Weird And Creepy Things They've Seen On The Job I work HR for a call center. Entire company has around 500 employees, maybe 250 of them are in the call center. Entry level work, tiny bit more than minimum wage. A girl started her first week doing really well and then week two got really weird. She walked into the CEO's office (on another floor in the building) WHILE HE WAS MEETING WITH SOMEONE, to demand that he buy her a dog because she thought having a companion would improve her work performance. That was the entirety of her rationale.

Edit: Many are asking. No she did not get the dog. I wasn't in the room with the CEO so I don't know exactly how he handled it. He is an exceptionally nice human being so I assume he handled it kindly. Though, I mean it made its way back to HR pretty quick so he definitely told some people about it. My colleague spoke with her about it and was just like, no, thats not a thing wtf. she was fired soon after for unrelated reasons (attendance I believe). Also many are questioning if she had some kind of mental disorder. I have no idea.

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WilvanderHeijden
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3 months ago

She must have had some problems. Not necessarily mental, though.

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