Wendywoman on embarrassing moments at work…

Reporter Query:


Funniest workplace moment:  Have you done something at work that was embarrassing at the time but is now funny to look back on? Have you watched a co-worker, boss or client make a funny mistake? What happened?

The queen of multitasking, I was sitting in the back of the room observing a training I was hosting while simultaneously working on my annual operating plan budget and listening in to a conference call.  Nature called so off to the bathroom I went.  Working on autopilot, the phone and the coffee cup came with me.  I went into the bathroom, put the cup down, and went into the stall still listening to the conference call. Finished, I opened the stall door and found myself starring at a urinal.  Crap!  I was in the men’s room.  About the same time, the stall next to me opened and out walked a Vice President who worked for me.  ”Boss, what are you doing in here?” he asked.  In his hand was a newspaper, so it was clear where he had spent the last 20 minutes.  No wonder no work ever got done!  Ewhh!  I grabbed my coffee cup, phone still in hand, and looked to make a quick exit.  As I came out of the men’s room, there were 2 men on a ladder changing a light bulb who burst out laughing.  They had seen me, head down, phone glued to ear, coffee cup in hand mistakenly march into the men’s room. They had also seen my direct report go in 20 minutes earlier and knew that we would probably have a head on collision in front of the urinal.  When I asked them why they didn’t stop me, their only response was that they weren’t going to get in the way of a woman!