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I kinda messed up the other day at work and feel pretty bummed about it. I'm the kind of person that gets real disappointed in oneself...
I don't think its something to get fired for, but I probably deserve a write-up. I'm not gonna relay what happened, its too fresh. I feel like a turd right now ha.
But I guess I find it hard to work hundreds of days of the year and never mess up. I think I'm a pretty solid employee and a damn good one to have around, but I'm human, right? So it would make me feel better to hear others' stories of screwing up on the job...
Anybody got anything??
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There's not enough space here to list all my screw-ups. And besides, the 24/7 servers would probably go down because of all the typing.
Just don't let your mistakes define who you think you are. They liked you when they hired you and they weren't wrong. If they were, they'd deserve to be fired too, wouldn't they?
The only sin in making a mistake is not learning from it. If you were at fault, own up to it and don't make the same mistake again. But don't beat yourself up over it. There's only been one perfect human being ...and they crucified him.
When in doubt, punt.
If you were in California you could screw up every day and never have to worry about getting fired. As long as you actually showed up every day you'd be ahead of all the other Californians.
I have never been fired from a job but one time I was laid off while the company was still hiring!
At my current job I've made it to the level of not really having anyone above me. I have a boss that owns the company, but he operates one location while I operate the other.
Anyways the point I'm getting to is that personally being accountable to a superior is easy. You own up to mistakes, don't do it again, et cetera. What I find tough is that I work with kids, and if I make a real mistake I directly hurt my students. That is what really bothers me. I can deal with another adult not being happy with how I did things even if it upsets me. Knowing I have the trust of parents and letting them down is the worst thing.
I actually hurt one of my instructors a couple months ago demonstrating a kick. I only did it about half strength (to a target) but he is a young teenager still. He had to sit out and call his parents to come pick him up. Luckily he wasn't really injured, just never been hit that hard before, but I still felt like the biggest jerk in the world.
I got laid off while getting a promotion. How much does that suck? The company was just shutting down because they didn't have any contracts for a while right when things started going well for me. Being unemployed for a few months because of that really had me mad.
I agree that the key is to not let your mistakes define you. I was fired from my last job but didnt let it hold me back. I am in a better position today and I love where i work. Keep your head-up, take ownership for your actions and move forward.
No "I screwed up at work" stories come to mind at the moment. Sorry.
That said, you realize you screwed up, you feel bad about it (enough to call your self a Turd) and you publicly admit you should be disciplined for that screw up. In fact you feel bad enough about that screw up that you semi-publicly reach out to others for solace and advice.
If you ask me, unless a company is willing to pay for perfection (99.9% never will), you have exactly the attitude a company would hope for in a good employee.
As others have said. Learn from your mistake, don't repeat it and move on. Whatever you do, don't be like a DB who is so upset about giving up a first down that on the next play he gives up a 50yd TD. Keep your head on straight. You can't change the past and it's time for the next snap.
Damn that was good Jarhead, thanks. +10 if I could. Especially since you implemented football.
The 'giving up a 50yd TD on the next play' is something I could see myself doing... I tend to dwell on my mistakes
We all do, my friend. It's called getting better. You'll only continue to do so..
I work for a company that goes out of their way to give people second, third, and sometimes more chances. It is just too hard to find good people and too expensive to always be replacing them. There is a difference between screwing up, and making an honest mistake and getting screwed. My advice is to understand what will get to immediately fired at your new or current employer. They call these terminable offenses, or gross misconducts, etc. That way to can stay away from those. For instance, sexual harrassment is usually one of those, so staying away from getting baited into jokes at work would be smart; getting on the Bucknuts Rant at home would be a better option. Also, many states are "employment at will" states. You don't want to work for a company that makes a practice of "exercising" that option, but one that values their people. Good luck to you and keep it positive; more time on Bucknuts in the short term.
Was working on a credit card processing functionality. As part of my testing I kept charging against real customer credit cards as opposed to test/dummy credit card numbers. Talking about feeling realllllly bad. The customer service manager took a lot of heat for my f*** up. The accounting department had to roll back charges. As a way of saying sorry I took my boss, the department heads from the accounting and customer service department out to nice dinner. Didn't J. Tressel once say that nothing good ever happens after 10PM when outside. I truly believe that this also applies to work as well.
Lets just say that it happens! Biggest thing is you learn from it. I am an HR guy, was the top guy in two different organizations and now am responsible for global talent development, so not really in hard and fast HR anylonger...fine with me!!!
A couple of principles that will help you more than anything:
-Treat every woman like a man. Dont even say they smell nice
-Dont talk crap about your boss
-Never lie (this might be number one) Just take your beating and move on!
-Keep steady work hours...you think people dont notice...they do!
Was a sales manager that had 9 people on the road and two in the office. The VP of Marketing came into my office and told me he wanted one of my sales people fired. The next moring I walked into the presidents office with my resignation and he asked why, I and I told him that it was my department and I was going to run as my own business, we drove positive sales, lowered expenses and improved profits. He said I was staying and he would not accept my resignation. But 10 days later the VP of Marketing was gone.
The reason the guy wanted my employee fired is that he would not lower the price in a meeting. The sales man stated to the customer that he has to come back to the home office and review pricing because it would affect the pricing we had with our other customers. He had to find out if by giving the lower price to the customer we would have had to lower the pricing throughout our customer base and that would have cost the company hundreds of thousands of dollars. The VP of Marketing was going to put multiple prices out in the market place--something that is not legal for all businesses.
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"Treat every woman like a man" is a brilliant piece of advice.
Haha aw man that's good! lol sorry, but that post definitely got me laughing...just what I needed. Thanks
that's a moronic statement that's utterly false
I've worked at 2 companies the past 17 years in California and and have been at "at will" employee at both.
meaning they could tell me to hit the bricks for any purpose, warranted or not
I got a good one. I work in a machine shop and one day i was asked to run a guys lathe because they had tons of work and i was on a different shift where that machine sat empty. So the cutting tools are inserts and one of my inserts broke off and i didn't hear it until the seat (where the insert sits duh:P) broke in half. That is repair i wasn't sure how to make nor did anyone on my shift know where to find the extra seat,fortunately we had an extra one lying around so we didn't have to order one. Then to top it off i felt really bad so i decided to clean up this guys machine fill it up with coolant, oil etc etc well yeah i overfilled the coolant so not only did the guy come into a big ol puddle of coolant he also had to come in to his broken seat and fix that too. Man did i ever feel like a doucher lol.
Im a true believer in you have to make mistakes to learn. NO ONE is perfect and with all the pressures with whats happening in the world today its easy to loose your cool or just screw up! I make mistake as much as the next person but i always try to not repeat my failures and move on.
Who's Zead..Zeads dead baby.
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