Survey Results: Embarrassing Office Moments (and How to Avoid Them)

Accidental emails

Getting caught badmouthing a co-worker or, even worse, a boss, is the type of faux pas that had the most negative results.

I sent an e-mail to my boss criticizing work someone at our company had done. The e-mail went to a group that included my boss ... and the person I was criticizing!

I bad-mouthed a senior exec to two co-workers and he walked up behind me and heard every word.

Meant to IM coworker A to talk about co-worker B, but IM'ed coworker B by mistake, and didn't realize until he said "This IS co-worker B!"