HR Strange But True

Catch up on the latest odd, offbeat, and humorous HR stories.


What a Perk! What a Way to Go—to Work

When TicketNetwork, Inc. heard that many employees with long commutes were carpooling to save on gas, the Connecticut-based company decided to offer a vanpool to some employees who lived near New Haven. But this isn’t the usual vanpool—it’s the answer to Janis Joplin’s prayers. Employees arrive at work like rock stars—in a Mercedes Benz!

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Drinking on the Job Won’t Get You Fired from this Company

With the holidays right around the corner, many people may be looking forward to their holiday parties at work as an opportunity to have a few beers and mingle with their coworkers. But one ad agency is taking office boozing to a whole new level.

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This Man’s Journey for Jobs Is a Honeymoon!

In a slight twist on the Mike Rowe media franchise of working all kinds of jobs, Hourly America, a website presented by Snagajob, is sending “career insights” blogger Heath Padgett across the country where he will work at different jobs in each state through the Snagajob database. What’s “strange” about this story is that the trip will also be Heath’s honeymoon with his new wife, Alyssa!

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Guess What Year Workplace Gender Inequality Will End (Hint—You Probably Won’t Be Here)?

HR pros are aware that there is gender inequality in the workplace, and according to the Global Gender Gap Report 2014, the world has made only incremental improvements. However, the Report does predict the year things will be equal for the sexes in the workplace. And you won’t be here to experience it.

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IT Worker Says ‘I’m Not a Robot; I Just Sound like One’

IT employees for the Health Department of New York City are very diverse, but would you ever expect to hear a robot?

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Going to Dentist Trumps This HR Chore, Says New Survey

What HR chore would have HR pros preferring to go to the dentist, to see a movie about the life of Lindsay Lohan, or even to be “fired” by Donald Trump on “The Apprentice” rather than doing?

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Listening to Music at Work Won’t Get You in Treble

Most retail workers know that listening to music on the job is a requirement, and for those who work at Abercrombie and Fitch or Hollister, they are slightly deaf because of it! But what about most other jobs? Is it OK to listen to music then? According to a study, listening to music on the job can actually boost your productivity.

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Are Your Employees ‘Smokin’ in the Boys’ Room’? And What Are They Smoking?

As that old song goes, if you suspect that employees are still sneaking smokes in restrooms and are not adhering to your no-smoking policy and state or local laws, now you can find out—even if the smoke is from marijuana!

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Sorry Boss, I Can’t Make It in Today! I Just Put a Casserole in the Oven!

What is the craziest excuse you’ve ever used for calling out of work? No, this isn’t a game of Truth or Dare; it was a survey question posed by CareerBuilder and the results are quite comical! Employers have reported hearing excuses that range from downright absurd to painfully embarrassing. For example:

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Get Hired Based on Your Career Selfie

What’s worse, trying to sum up your work history in 200 characters or less, or getting hired—or not hired—based on your looks? Pitman Training has now developed an app that pushes the envelope in social media and career development.

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