HR Strange But True!
July 15, 2009

Maybe she wasn't the best example of an employee at Central Perk on Friends or in Office Space, but Jennifer Aniston just proved she is a superlative colleague. According to multiple press reports, the actress paid Columbia Pictures to give an extra day off on July 2 so the cast and crew of her new movie, The Bounty, could enjoy a 4-day holiday weekend.

One crew member told the New York Post, "How many people in this world would pay for an entire movie set to have off for the day? Not just anyone does that. We're talking big bucks." The Post calculated that even at minimum union wage and with only a start-up crew, the gesture would cost Aniston $25,000 at the very least.

Yes, playing Rachel did pay the actress $1 million per episode (making her with her female cast mates the highest paid women on television); an average crew member would have to work several months to make the money to fund the holiday. However, the gesture does support Aniston's reputation as one of the nicest people in show business.

In the movie, Aniston plays a reporter, and she filmed scenes in the actual newsroom of the New York Daily News, delighting employees there as well, even though there was filming in the ladies' room that caused some inconvenience.

In your career or at your company, did an employee ever do something magnanimous for co-workers? If so, let us know.

Sources: People, NY Post, and Gawker

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