Cosmetic surgery, toilet paper and socks are just a few of the widely varied items employees have attempted to expense, according to a new report.
The number of improper expense report requests – from the surprising to the mundane, from big-ticket items to everyday necessities – shows little sign of decline according to a Robert Half Management Resources survey.
The survey of Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) revealed that everything from rental homes to cigars had been claimed back from companies, with 40% of executives reporting an increase in inappropriate requests.
"These examples, while sometimes humorous, also illustrate more serious concerns with inaccurate or inappropriate expense reports – in terms of both the costs incurred by the business itself, as well as the impact on the professional image of those who submit them," David King, Canadian President of Robert Half Management Resources said in a press release.
"Companies should ensure that employees are well-educated on the reporting process, and receive regular updates on how to use and access the tools available.
“Simplifying the system as much as possible, and clearly defining expense approval expectations, will help cut down on inconsistencies and questionable requests."
Some of the most notable expense claims uncovered by the survey include;
- Cosmetic surgery
- Speeding tickets
- A pair of socks
- Video game console
- Yoga and Pilates classes
- Toilet paper
- Hair supplies
- A trailer rental for a family reunion
- Sweet 16 birthday venue
- A camping trip
- Charges from a day at the spa
- Flowers that an employee purchased for his wife
What’s the oddest item you’ve seen claimed on expenses? Tell us in the comments…