Employee Suggestion Box Highlights – "Bikini Fridays"’

November 11, 2009 (PLANSPONSOR.com) – HR managers know that from the mouths of employees can come some pretty unusual suggestions, like the (apparent) beach lover who wondered if her firm could institute “bikini Fridays.”

Even though it would take Congressional action, another helpful soul proposed changing family medical leave laws to include time spent in prison.

Those are just a couple of the examples cited in a new CareerBuilder survey of hiring managers about what tidbits were in their office suggestion receptacles.

A news release said other employee suggestions included:

  • allowing a person to only work during daylight hours because the person is scared of the dark.
  • putting beer in the vending machine.
  • replacing an employee’s desk with a futon in which he could lay down and work.
  • adding a tanning bed to the office break room
  • allowing employees to change clothes in their cubicles.
  • giving one entrepreneurial employee time off to pursue a side business as a clown.
  • allowing all employees to use the gliding chair in the office lactation room to take a quick nap.

Finally, there was this request from one hopeful, if somewhat unrealistic, soul – to have the company’s team meeting held in Hawaii.

This survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive on behalf of CareerBuilder.com among 2,924 U.S. Hiring Manager (employed full-time; not self-employed; non government); ages 18 over, between August 20 and September 9, 2009.