Some employees make great suggestions and ask perceptive questions about their benefits and pay. And then there are these folks:
According to GST Benefits, here are some of the wackiest suggestions employees have made on annual benefits surveys:
- One employee asked for the company to install a wall-length aquarium filled with exotic tropical fish, saying it would help reduce stress
- A college professor of Italian culture and European arts asked for the university to pay for his season tickets to the local opera and theater companies – and foot the bill for trips to New York to attend the Metropolitan Opera
- Another suggested that the company pay bonuses in lottery tickets, and
- a third asked if he could claim his three dogs as dependents and get doggy day-care reimbursed tax-free via the firm’s dependent-care flex account plan since he and his spouse had no “human children” with which to participate in the benefit.
On a more serious note, every once in awhile you hear tales of polygamist employees who attempt to claim benefits for multiple spouses. Most of these stories appear to be more urban legend than fact, but earlier this year in England there was a nasty controversy over whether people from certain Muslim sects could claim multiple welfare benefits for having multiple wives.