Post # 1
So today, I fudged up. It was relatively minor and can quickly be resolved (assuming our client acts quickly), but I’m just still so mad at myself for such a careless error.
I work in real estate law and for my closing today, I was responsible for preparing the closing statement. Well one of the parties to be paid from closing provided an invoice for their services. Preparing the closing statement in a hurry, I collected $500 less than what the invoice said. I’ve notified the seller of the error and directed them to pay the invoice from their proceeds which I’m sure they will promptly handle, but I’m still just so annoyed with myself for making such a stupid mistake!
Have you ever made a mistake at work, big or small? Just looking for those that can commiserate or send some encouragement!
Post # 2
Yes, been there – done that.
Once when I was a PA for multiple clients, I emailed a general email to all clients and CC’d everyone not BCC’d.
Two of the clients were sueing each other over some failed business dealings and once they became aware they were both using our services they were unimpressed to say the least.
Live and learn.
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2016 - Vineyard & Winery
AAArghh…Work mistakes are the worst. Just today I had to send out a very important deficiency memo related to a laboratory inspection (I work in research compliance at a world renowned hospital). I read the letter over probably FOUR times- scrutinizing it for errors. I felt confident there weren’t any…
Shortly after I sent it out, my Director emailed me pointing out a very novice wording mistake in the letter. I was SOO mad at myself. Something that I absolutely should have caught!
Oh well, what can you do? We are only human and we make mistakes. As long as we learn from them, then it’s all good. I can guarantee I won’t make that same mistake again! And I’m sure you learn from your mistakes too. No sense losing sleep or beating yourself up about something that already happened. As annoying as it may be, it’s definitely not the end of the world and it could ALWAYS be worse!
Post # 4
thepinkflamingo: I’ve seen the CC/BCC error so many times! You’re right – live and learn.
soontobewilson: ugh that stinks! I’ve done something similar.. Type a letter or email, read it a half dozen times for mistakes, hit send and THEN see a typo! So annoying.
Post # 5
I work in HR and this is going to sound lame but it’s true. The difference between a good and a bad employee regarding mistakes is not whether they make mistakes or how often (within reason of course). It’s how they react to mistakes. You’d be surprised how many educated, experienced professionals try to hide their mistakes or shift the blame. Good employees acknowledge their mistakes, problem-solve to fix it, identify its cause, and take preventative measures. 90% of our employees have made a mistake like the one you made. Don’t worry about it!
Post # 6
arathella: agree with this! There’s nothing so repulsive as listening to a grown up have a fit over being busted for making a mistake, and then whining about the rules, blaming everyone else, and the ultimate: denying it.
We are all human. A responsible person owns their error and tries to avoid making it again.
Post # 7
I’ve made that exact mistake numerous times. Believe me, there are far worse mistakes to make in property transactions than not collecting enough funds for your own firms account. It is a far worse scenario to stuff the adjustments up.. I’ve had to chase a previous owner who had collected extra funds from my client at settlement, after an error I made.
Not fun, but arathella is right. As long as your own your mistake and use your brain to minimise/fix it, it usually isn’t a huge deal.
Post # 8
HaaaveYouMetTed: As someone who also works in real estate, I can assure you this is no big deal. Don’t stress! You did what you needed to to fix it and owned up – you’ll be fine. A few weeks ago, one of the paralegals that works with our team wired about 70k to the wrong person. Now that’s a big mistake!!
Post # 9
arathella: Great point! I’ve never thought of it like that. I’m usually so careful, so when I do make a mistake, I beat myself up over it but still fully take responsibility for it. Thanks for the encouragement!
BalletParker: agreed! Thank you!
rosalind: you’re right – there are far worse things that could go wrong in property transactions. Lesson learned!
Post # 10
HaaaveYouMetTed: yep. A huge one. Like one that released social security numbers onto the internet. The good news is that after that, any other blunders will be minor.
Post # 11
MKWeddingBee: eek!! That is a big mistake! That’s one I’m always paranoid about so I check my wire requests like 3-4 times before sending lol
Post # 12
Pollywog: oh crap! Just thinking about that gives me anxiety lol
Post # 13
One time I sold the same bond to two people (I was a bond trader) and my firm had to pay almost 50k to break the trade 😵
But I agree with the others. It’s never the crime, always the cover up!
Post # 14
Work errors stress me out. Fortunately, there are safety nets to prevent something horrible from happening although, still, nothing is guaranteed.
Post # 15
I work in lending and that’s a small mistake! 🙂 it happens.