Topic: mistakes at work

7 Conference Call Commandments You Must Follow

7 Conference Call Commandments You Must Follow

Five years spent working from home has provided me with my fair share of conference call snafus. Truth be told, this article could easily be titled “7 Ways I Humiliated Myself Via Skype.” Fortunately, armed with a small dose of common sense, mastering the teleconference can be simpler than uploading an email attachment. In other words? I’ve learned the following lessons the hard way, so you don’t have to.
More »

8 Things You Should Never, Ever Say At Work

8 Things You Should Never, Ever Say At Work

One wrong word or thoughtless response can ruin a reputation and stick with someone for a long, long time, especially in the work place. We tend to spend more time at work than anywhere else, which is why we usually end up lackadaisical and let our guards down. To avoid any major fails, take my advice and don’t say these eight phrases at work:
More »

Job Interview Blunders From CareerBuilder

Job Interview Blunders From CareerBuilder

Are you looking to make a career switch in 2013 or 2014? One out of four workers are. If you’re one of them, chances are you’ll be heading to lots of job interviews this year. To prepare, check out this annual list from CareerBuilder, which focuses on the most common – and most outlandish – job interview mistakes to avoid. The survey was conducted by Harris Interactive from Nov. 1 to Nov. 30, 2012, and included more than 2,600 hiring managers and 3,900 workers nationwide. More »

‘I Was Fired For Being Late To Work’: 4 True Stories

'I Was Fired For Being Late To Work': 4 True Stories

According to a new survey from Timex, Americans are real sticklers when it comes to tardiness: 64% of workers say they “are never late for work,” and more than half of them say that any amount of lateness means you should be considered “officially” late to work. Duly noted! That may explain last week’s sad story about the disabled man fired for being just a minute late coming back from his lunch break. Also, on a recent episode of the reality show Gallery Girls, Amy, an unpaid intern for an art advisor, was very late for work one morning and a week later she was let go. And it may also explain the cringe-worthy stories here from real people whose tardiness cost them their jobs. Think of their stories of getting fired for being late to work next time you’re tempted to hit “snooze”! More »

HR Mistake Of The Week: Making Bad Grammar And Spelling A Dealbreaker

HR Mistake Of The Week: Making Bad Grammar And Spelling A Dealbreaker

The first round of recruiting for an open job opportunity is usually devoted to ruling almost all candidates out. Some of those decisions seem almost ridiculously easy: HR departments happily toss out resumes printed on pink paper, or in hideous Comic Sans font, or those that sport smelling and grammar mistakes. But some experts say that spelling and grammar errors shouldn’t be a dealbreaker. More »

‘I Made A Huge Mistake’: Politician Accidentally Approves Controversial Bill

'I Made A Huge Mistake': Politician Accidentally Approves Controversial Bill

Democratic North Carolina lawmaker Becky Carney just made a work mistake so epic it’s almost impossible to imagine. After staunchly opposing the controversial practice of natural gas exploration, aka “fracking,” in her state, all she had to do was hit the red “NO” button her desk to veto a bill that would have allowed it to go forward. Instead, she accidentally hit the green “AYE” button. “Oh, my God,” she said right afterward. “It won’t let me change my vote.” Carney’s epic mistake turned out to be the deciding vote. More »

8 Things Not To Do When You Make A Mistake At Work

8 Things Not To Do When You Make A Mistake At Work

Bruce Hurwitz, President and CEO of HSStaffing told The Grindstone, “There’s an old saying, “It’s not the crime that kills you, it’s the cover-up.” Everyone makes mistakes. It’s called being human. The process is simple.” People do make mistakes at work all the time, some of them really quite detrimental (not Bernie Madoff level, but pretty bad.) You may think your job is over when you do this but actually how you handle making a mistake can provide an opportunity for innovation and earnestness that you wouldn’t have had normally. We talked to the experts about 10 things not to do when you make a mistake at work. More »