I was exactly like the character, John, in that children's story; every embarrassing situation that I had ever faced in my life made me blush immediately.
I do not think that we can avoid these embarrassing moments in our life. They are beyond our control as in my situation my hard work for the night was not acclaimed and a slightest mistake just turned out to be a blunder and I had to face embarrassment in front of the whole class. Some people say that we can avoid certain things to avoid these incidents, but I do not think in a similar way.
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Awkward situations can crop up any time, anywhere. That means that you're bound to be embarrassed at work once in a while (or rather frequently, if you're unlucky).
We recently asked readers to
We ended up getting back a handful of fart stories, a few shoe-related fiascoes, and one tale of a hickey in a rather unfortunate location.
Here are the top 12 most embarrassing work stories we heard.
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'I caught some quick gastrointestinal relief'
I was in a very long meeting after breakfast one day. After some scones and coffee, I was ready to hit the bathroom.
After the meeting, I quickly ran back to my desk to check some emails before doing so. As I sat down, I caught some quick gastrointestinal relief with a long, gassy, silent fart.
Little did I know, a female colleague had followed me back from the meeting to discuss a few more things off-line. The stench floating in the vicinity of my desk was nothing short of horrid.
The look on her face when she actually caught a whiff of this thing was one of pure shock and horror, almost like she had just been struck physically. She tried to talk for a few seconds without breathing, but we both knew what the situation was.
She quickly ended the conversation and went back to her desk. Even though we were mid-project together, we didn't really speak much after that. Actually a few months later she left the company and never stopped by to say goodbye.
I wouldn't go back near my desk either.
'I showed up ... wearing two different colored shoes!'
I showed up to make a major presentation to an audience of 230 people wearing two different colored shoes!
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'She quit by the end of the day'
After repeated errors and repeated retraining, it was time to part ways with an employee who was not quite up to the specific tasks assigned to her.
I emailed HR, explained my situation, and requested that they send me the specific process of terminating her employment.
She had a uniquely spelled first name, so I used Outlook to find out how to spell her name correctly. Forgot to take her name off the email. The email went to her.
She quit by the end of the day.