Most Embarrassing Moments At Work
21 April 2017
We’ve all been there. A ripped shirt, a suspicious looking stain, a tumble down the stairs, a slip of the tongue. We wouldn’t be human if we hadn’t thoroughly embarrassed ourselves at least once in our working lives.
Especially if, like me, you’re a bit accident prone. So, if you’ve ever suffered from a serious gaffe or face glowing with mortification, you’re not alone.
We asked around and – on the promise of remaining anonymous – the good people of the internet came forward with their most embarrassing moments at work.
We’re cringing just thinking about some of these …
“I once sent an email to a client, thinking I had written ‘it will be all hands on deck’ … Actually, I had written something very rude instead. What made it worse was the fact the client emailed back saying ‘I can’t wait! Be round shortly!’ So embarrassing!”
“I was running really late for work one morning and hadn’t had time for breakfast. I was starving by the time I got in so I thought I would be really sneaky and slip a slice of bread in to the office toaster. Within seconds, thick plumes of smoke filled the place … I nearly set the office on fire. Oops.”
“At my previous job, I had a very long walk from the bus stop to the office on a busy street. I got to my desk and realised that I had walked said street with my dress tucked in to my underwear. Not a soul told me … and half of the city probably saw my knickers. The shame!”
“In work one day, I was singing full pelt along with When A Man Loves A Woman as I thought I was alone. There is a bit of a blind spot in the customer area and a man appeared when I had finished giving it my all, paid for his bet and left without saying a word. Awkward.”
“One time, my work put on a big chocolate spread for Easter. I picked up a Creme Egg and shouted ‘catch!’ to my boss and lobbed it across the room to her. She didn’t hear me and took it straight in the temple.”
“One time in a temp job while everyone was out at lunch an engineer called and asked me to check the central computer point under the open plan desks for something or other so I left the phone off the hook and crawled under. One guy came back from lunch early, sat down, pulled his chair in. Eventually after a few minutes, he saw his phone off the hook so picked it up to the engineer who confirmed someone had just gone to check the wires for him. Cue him peeking under the desk to see me sitting awkwardly at crotch level, not saying a word.”
“I fainted in work in work. Completely fell of my chair and cracked my head. I woke up a few minutes later, having been put in the recovery position (presumably by my colleagues), only to realise I had wet myself. I nearly died of embarrassment.”
“I used to work in a tile showroom and a particularly awful ‘regular’ came in. I went in to the back shop to pick up his order. Under my breath I muttered how much I hated him … Unbeknownst to me, the intercom was switched on. The entire shop heard. Oops.”
“To play a prank on the newbie, my boss sent me to the post office to get artistic licenses … I fell for it.”
“I was on a recruitment training day and we were told to get up and juggle as visual metaphor for multi-tasking. I can’t juggle so needless to say I ended up fumbling and dropping a couple of the balls. I bent over to pick them up and … Yep, you guessed it, my suit trousers split. Wide open. In front of everyone. Awful.”
So, the next time you have a rather cringey moment in work … At least you’re not these guys. Happy Friday!
Written By Mary Palmer