(Closed) i screwed up at work and …

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
10851 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Honestly, it sounds to me like the CEO is finding someone else to blame for his own flighty (pardon the pun) whims. I wouldn’t stress about it, especially since your supervisor says he does that a lot. Learn a lesson for next time though, and if you don’t hear back within X amount of time, call or find the person you emailed to get the answers you needed. 

I used to have a boss like yours and I was SO glad when my time at that job was over. I hate it when people try to make you look like an idiot when it’s their own ridiculousness that caused the problem. Don’t take it personally, the guy seems like a habitual dummy, not you, LOL!

Post # 4
2622 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

You know what? Many C-level executives seem to be like this, so its not just you screwing up. They are used to people asking “how high” when they say “jump”. I would be upset as well because noone likes to be repremanded, but you got the job done and now you learned something. 

Chalk it up to being new and not knowing how the CEO operates yet. Give it another day and youll feel better. 

Post # 5
704 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I don’t think you screwed up, because your CEO wasn’t exactly being cooperative with his crazy restrictions. It was an honest mistake that I believe many, many people would make.

Trust your coworkers. He does stuff like this all the time and previous newbies have made worse mistakes. That means that he probably doesn’t think any less of you than he does of anyone else and it also means your job most likely isn’t in any danger. He probably said those things to you just to scare you a little bit, I doubt he actually meant to threaten your job or potential job status with the company.

On a more personal note, the CEO sounds like a major douche to me. Just my opinion. I think if it were really critical, he wouldn’t wait til last minute, and if he had no choice but to schedule last minute, he’d be willing to take any flight he can get.

Post # 6
129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

This kind of confusions are very usual, specially when you work with some of the hightest executives of the office. They tend to be very vague with their answers and instructions, and they usually assume that you know what they are thinking/what they mean. Over time, one learns to read them and know what they want, and also learn to interpret their vague answers. I understand that you are worried (it has happened to me too ! ), but I think you will probably be ok, specially since the supervisor said not to worry about it; she seems like an understanding person.

Post # 7
1327 posts
Bumble bee

Everybody makes these mistakes… don’t take it personally.

Post # 8
1239 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@Stace126:  I have made mistakes and done much worse, I once made a mistake on figures and cost our (own company) quite a bit of money :-(.  We are all human.

Post # 9
1614 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I screw up that kinda crap on purpose so that I don’t have to do it anymore. =) Looks like we’re on the same page, you go girl! lol! Stop worrying!!! 

Post # 10
1249 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

If you got the CEO on the right flight, at least you did better than your supervisor, who once booked the wrong flight!  😉  Don’t worry.  You’re not going to get fired.  🙂

Post # 11
3580 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

You’re new and some amount of screw ups are totally acceptable. And seriously…nothing bad happened so you’re fine. I agree with him though, when in doubt clarify. Clarify even if you think you’re being annoying. AT a certain point they will tell you that they trust your judgement. You’re fine! 🙂

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