I watch the "Today" show every morning and somehow missed this segment. It's about some embarrassing things that you do at work. I found more humor in the comments section where everyone else posts their embarrassing mistakes. It reminded me of mine.
I worked in the insurance industry for 12 years in sales, marketing and customer service. The company underwent some major restructuring and brought in new upper management and set up a new office with a new area manager and staff. They all annoyed the hell out of me and we used to get weekly pep talk emails from them. I forwarded one of the emails, along with my smart ass comments criticizing all the managers, to sissy and another co-worker. Keep in mind that Trina and I worked in the same office for a while (we LOVED it and had so much fun!) and our desks were only about three feet apart. The co-worker replied some normal response to me.....and hit REPLY ALL so of course my email was bounced back to the management office who had originated the email! When I saw what had happened, because Trina and I were both cc'd on it, we both jerked our heads up and looked at each other in horror.
I got an email back from the managers office assistant about five seconds later.
She was kind of passive aggressive about it but what could I do? I emailed her back, told her obviously I hadn't meant for her to read my opinions but I also stood behind it. I had written it, the last thing I was going to do was try to back pedal and not take responsibility for it.
So yeah, that was pretty bad. Good news is they didn't have the authority to fire me :) That happened a few years later. You can be damn sure though from then on if I had something critical to say I wrote a NEW email and sent it only to those I trusted!
So tell me, what has been YOUR most embarrassing work mistake?????