I'm working in a small company (20 employees) as a senior software engineer.
After having problems with my email, our newly employed IT administrator asked me to write my user password to someone in our hosting company to help them identify the problem.
Without any thought I gave him my user password.
After 30 minutes, I realized that in my 10 years of working in several companies nobody asked me for a password, and I found it rather strange. Immediately after that, I changed my password.
Are there cases where the password is really needed, when I really have to tell my password to an IT administrator?
I have heard of stories where admins asked for the user's password, but only on sites like The Daily WTF, which prompted this question.