Thursday, November 06, 2008

How not to behave at work

As part of my job, I provide research and administrative support to a group of health care experts. I've been tasked with formatting a survey for them. Part of our survey was to ask about following up with trying to contact people. The question asked when did the person stop trying to contact a client. The answers were standard 'after 2 phone calls', 'after 3 working days', etc. About a week ago I was bored with formatting and was thinking about The Terminator. As such I added a box which stated: NEVER. We will not stop until you are dead.

Obviously it was a joke. Obviously I planned to delete. And equally obviously, I, ha-ha-ha, saved the survey and completely forgot about my homage to the Terminator.

And even more ha-ha-ha, today I sent the survey for review out to three key members of the working group, and my boss.

Immediately after hitting "send" I was reviewing the survey again and noted that the Terminator choice was still in the list. Oh dear lord - it was too late to recall the email. I screamed.

Luckily one of the individuals responded almost right away with a note that I had forgotten to label two of the check boxes. I immediately resent an email with a 'thanks SO MUCH for pointing out that error. Please use this amended version and please delete the earlier version.'

I still half expected to get an email from my boss at some point though saying, "You're terminated, fucker"


Roxrocks said...

Oh oh!! That sounds like something I would do.

Stewie said...


I once inadvertantly seen out an email to a supervisor calling her an ass.

Fortunately, she was laughing when I called her to explain I hit "send" before finishing the sentence.

tornwordo said...

Ah yes, another fine example of the usefulness of proofreading.

Freak Magnet said...

OMG. That's not funny. But it IS hysterical. I want to be there when your boss reads it.

Susan as herself said...

HAHAHAHAHAHA. I find it hard to believe that someone would get seriously angry over that. Unless they were real asses and had zero sense of humor.

Hmmm, on second thought, good that you go to amend it. ;)

eroswings said...

Well, it's funny!

Snooze said...

I'm so glad I wasn't caught. The chair of the committee actually did notice my addition and told me that he laughed his head off.