Twitter users have been sharing stories of the biggest mistakes they’ve ever made at work - and let us tell you - reading this will make you feel a whole lot better about any times you’ve put your foot in it at the office.
Making a blunder at work, especially if you’re a newbie, is most people’s worst nightmare. We’ve probably all been Anne Hathaway in The Devil Wears Prada at one point or another, feeling like we’re getting it all wrong and hoping the ground will swallow us up.
But there’s a big difference between delivering the wrong coffee order to your boss and say, like one Twitter user admits, inaccurately publishing a list of poisonous mushrooms, labeling them as safe, in a national magazine. Yup, that one can probably go in the ‘royally effed up’ category (although thankfully, no one reported getting sick from the mix up).
Twitter user @b3ta asked followers to share “your work related f**k-ups. Reply, quote tweet, do your worst.” And boy, did the Twitter community deliver.
Thanks to this hilarious and cringe-inducing thread, there’s plenty more where that example came from, which ought to make you feel a lot better about any mistakes you’ve made in the work place.
From some very unfortunate auto-corrections to an incident involving a particularly ‘small’ catheter, we’ve picked out some of our favourites for when you’re in need of a five minute work break.
Whatever you do, don’t take your eye too far off the ball though, or you could end up this thread yourself…
After several slip-ups, this Twitter user didn’t stay working in the NHS for long, and we can kind of see why…
Worked as a GP receptionist. Had to update their smoking cessation data, which meant ringing registered patients to ask if they'd thought of quitting. Phoned Mr *Smith*, his wife answered. I asked if he could come to the phone, she said he was dead. I said "so not a smoker then?"— Emily Burt (@EmilyPBurt) May 3, 2018
On another occasion in the same job, misspelled a surname when inputting prescription data and inadvertently supplied a local mother of 6 with a month's worth of methadone.— Emily Burt (@EmilyPBurt) May 3, 2018
Hats off to this Twitter user and her, erm, straight-talking approach to the primary school age children she taught as a teacher. Well, you can’t wrap them in cotton wool forever, can you?
This series of shenanigans is mirrored in why I left teaching.— a kind of unstable idiot (@CaitMcMillion) May 3, 2018
One wee eleven year old asked me how I was feeling after my aunt died and I said 'better than her' and she started crying.
As first days go, this Twitter user has had a shocker.
I sent out a fundraising email to a few million subscribers and accidentally left my boss’ real email address in the from line.— ⊰TJ Berry⊱ (@TJaneBerry) May 3, 2018
The whole staff was at a bar, celebrating my first day, and his phone blew up with bounces, out of offices replies & unsubscribes. Tens. Of. Thousands. https://t.co/CpIcSE6bls
Remember what we said about the catheter? Prepare yourself for a bout of giggles.
As a young, newly qualified nurse I had to catheterise an 18 year old young man. He was obviously nervous. As I was about to begin he asked “Is it small?” I replied “I’ve seen smaller.” Turns out he was referring to the catheter 🤦🏼♀️— Polly Gallagher (@Polly_Gall) May 3, 2018
We especially love this Twitter user’s ‘it wasn’t me’ disclaimer.
Not me, but my favourite is a friend who worked at a gardening magazine. They ran a double spread of poisonous & safe-to-eat wild British mushrooms, but got the labels the wrong way around. All the poisonous ones marked as safe & vice versa☠️🤦♀️— Alice Ralph (@alicaurusrex) May 3, 2018
This Twitter user makes a great case for the old, check, check and check again motto when it comes to sending out important, widespread emails.
We kind of feel like this Twitter user was playing with fire on this one.
Filing job at a bank many many years ago. Printed off some shall we say "flirtatious" emails with the boy I was seeing. Accidentally stapled them to the loan reports. Filed them. Couldn't find them again once I realised what I'd done. For all I know, they're still there...— Rachel Cunliffe (@RMCunliffe) May 3, 2018
Let’s hope this Twitter user’s colleague has a sense of humour.
Replied to a colleague’s email with, “Here you ho!” Instead of “Here you go!” 🤦🏻♀️😂— Monique (@MonaQ33) May 3, 2018
We’ll be giving every email we send a quadruple check from now on…