The Office Is Not Your Bedroom

Weird stuff employees were caught doing at work

Business people holding metal tubing in hotel lobby
Getty ImagesIf you do this at work, stop.


By Debra Auerbach, CareerBuilder writer

Click, click, click. That's the sound you hear coming from your co-worker's cubicle. You peer over, and realize to your horror that he's clipping his toe nails. As you watch in disgust, you see nail filings falling to the floor. Stifling a gag, you turn back to your computer, pump up the volume on your headphones and try to go to your "happy place."

Sure, workers may do some personal things while on the job from time to time -- hey, we spend more time at work than we do at home, so sometimes some things need to get done. But addressing a personal letter is one thing, giving yourself a full pedicure is another.

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Yet a new CareerBuilder survey found that employees sometimes get a little too comfortable in their office surroundings and decide that nothing is off limits -- even if it goes against any type of professional or social norm.

According to the survey, employers have caught employees doing some pretty outrageous things when they should have been working. One boss caught a worker caring for her pet bird that she snuck into work. Another manager found an employee shaving her legs in the women's restroom (at least she had the decency to do it in the bathroom, right?).

Other crazy-but-true activities employees were spotted engaging in at work include:
  • Employee was blowing bubbles in sub-zero weather to see if the bubbles would freeze and break
  • A married employee was looking at a dating website and then denied it while it was still up on his computer screen
  • Employee was laying under boxes to scare people
  • Employees were having a wrestling match
  • Employee was sleeping, but claimed he was praying
  • Employee was taking selfies in the bathroom
  • Employee was changing clothes in a cubicle
  • Employee was printing off a book from the Internet
  • Employee was warming her bare feet under the bathroom hand dryer

Sure, we all have momentary lapses of judgment at work sometimes. But you probably won't increase your chances of a promotion because of that awesome selfie you took in the bathroom, no matter how cool the filter.

So let's all make a pledge to conduct any personal or questionable activities in the privacy of our own homes.

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mgnficntoz

I actually caught one of the staff working (one time).

June 22 2014 at 4:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John Jason

hahahah Lol but actually true - http://www.american-technology.net/

June 13 2014 at 3:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mickilan

I worked at a MAJOR company and many departments operated under the "good old boy" system of kissing behinds to advance their career. I walked past a colleague with her foot on her desk giving herself a pedicure. I predicted at that point she would become my supervisor. Yes, a month later she became my supervisor.

June 13 2014 at 1:38 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
George

How about those "selfies" sitting on the copier? I've seen it done.

June 13 2014 at 1:14 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Hollow318

The company I work for has a filter/firewall, so I can't read all the stupid AOL stories at work. DARN!!

June 13 2014 at 8:55 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
tlang315

My coworker was shaving her legs from her coffee cup. When she finished, she rinsed the cup and made herself a cup of coffee; and yes she drank it :/

June 13 2014 at 8:55 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Mike

What about all those scoundrel employees caught reading stupid aol articles at work?

June 13 2014 at 8:03 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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