Part of HR’s job is to meet and communicate with employees and job seekers on a daily basis. But with employees giving weird excuses for being late to work, behaving strangely on business trips, and job seekers doing questionable things to get noticed, how much more can an HR executive handle?

In line with that, OrangeHRM has compiled a list of 14 things that drive HR executives crazy – and here are 10 of our favourites.

#1 Chasing people to do online training modules
There’s no excuse for not completing a 15 minute safety training within 2 weeks.

#2 Senior executives thinking the rules don’t apply to them
Your company has a strict dress code for warehouse employees but the senior executives constantly enter the warehouse without protective gear.

#3 Low employee engagement survey turnouts
The most accurate way to get a reading of the employee engagement is by the survey.

#4 Coming to a professional interview in casual attire
How is the recruiter supposed to take you seriously if you’re wearing jeans and yeezys?

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#5 Being asked to judge candidates based on things they shouldn’t be judged on.  
Things like attractiveness, number of kids, marital status, nationality, etc.  Not only can this be immoral, but illegal as well.

#6 Bringing your family to an interview
Don’t even think about bringing your parents to an interview.

#7 HR not being at the executive table
HR is arguably the most important department in the organisation as people are the most important asset an organisation has.  You have a CEO, COO, CMO, CTO, CFO, but no CHRO or CPO?

#8 HR are not maids
Having HR coordinators serve executive lunches is not an appropriate use of their time.

#9 Storing a month’s worth of frozen food in the freezer or leaving food to rot in fridge
The fridge and freezer are for everybody, you should be refilling it everyday.

#10 Junk resumes
Some HR execs have reported that over 98% of responses they get from a job board posting is junk.  It’s either candidates from overseas who are looking to be sponsored, unqualified candidates, robots, or recruiting firms.  This issue is become less common as more organisations are starting to use applicant tracking systems or ATS.

READ MORE: Read this CV of failure

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