(Closed) Made big mistake at work… Advice?

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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1855 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Yes, I’ve majorly screwed up at work.

Here’s an example to lessen your blow. I used to work at a methadone clinic, and part of my job was doing lab tests on the urine samples to determine if they were clean.

During my first week at work, I accidentally imput 2 patients into the computer under one another’s name. So patient X, who had been sober for years- all of a sudden tested positive for cocaine and a bunch of other drugs. Patient Y, who was always high…her urine sample was completely clean. 

The urine samples were sent to their probation officers. You can imagine how much trouble patient X was in, when they suddenly tested positive for drugs.

I was in sooo much trouble. It will pass- I promise!!!

It’s a terrible feeling and it’s really humiliating, but it will pass!

Post # 5
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774 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

All you can do is learn from your mistakes. I think they should have mentioned something, but bosses can forget BUT since it was an important order, you should have called them (its better to bug your boss on there day off, then to have something like this happen). From know on I would just step it up and make sure you do your job 110% All you can do is move forward!!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

All you can really do is make sure it doesn’t happen again. Everyone goofs once in awhile, but as long as it doesn’t become a habit, you’ll be fine!

For awhile there, I was coming in to work pretty consistently about 20 minutes late. But, I always made the time up at the end of the day so I thought everything was fine. One day my boss says to me, “Mrs.D, you really need to be on time to work.” I felt awful (mostly because I didn’t think I was doing anything wrong) so I made it my business to be on time, if not early, everyday. 5 months later, I got a dazzling employee evaluation that didn’t even mention the tardiness. All was forgiven!

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@MissPatience:  We all screw up one time or another- including your boss. I would own my part of the error, but then suggest that the three of us review the current procedures because if something can slip through the cracks once, it could happen again, unless procedures are changed.

If you were told that your work would be on the list, you had the right to expect that all your tasks would be on that list. I would suggest that now on , the boss attach a sticky or stamp to the orders as she enters them on the list, AND that you will double check the orders to make sure they are all on the list.

That way you each take some responsibility for the error and instead of just defending yourself, you offer a suggestion for improvement.

Post # 10
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1855 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@MissPatience:  Head office sent me a SNARKY email. It was over a year ago, but I remember going outside and practically chain smoking after I read it. I apologized profusely, and said it would never happen again.

People screw up all the time, it’s normal!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We all screw up one time or another- including your boss. I would own my part of the error, but then suggest that the three of us review the current procedures because if something can slip through the cracks once, it could happen again, unless procedures are changed.”

Exactly… and this way you’ll be very gently pointing out that it’s her procedure that failed, not you.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

+1 to this being more of a systemic issue. Yes, ideally you would check the board to confirm everything’s been done (and I bet from now on you will be very careful to do that), but that wasn’t generally expected.

I’ve had situations where my boss has said to me, basically, “You should have known I’m an idiot and triple checked my work to ensure no mistakes!” It definitely doesn’t feel good and it always made me wonder who was supervising whom.

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