Email disasters are more common than you might think. We’ve all sent something which has resulted in instant regret and a flood of embarrassment when the realisation of our mistake hits.
Whether it’s a private email to our boss instead of our partner, or a joke made in poor taste, Brits seem to have countless stories when it comes to workplace email disasters.
Following a survey of 2,000 UK workers, we were inundated with some of the worst email mishaps and mistakes. Here’s a selection of the funniest and most cringe-worthy submissions we received.
- “I told a student that she had failed, but forgetting to delete the rest of the class from the mailing list before sending”
- “I went to reply to an email, criticising one of the managers, except I pressed ‘reply all’ and sent it to 32 people. It was only when someone messaged me that I realised the mistake… The manager never said anything and I just pretended it didn’t happen”
- “I wrote an extremely explicit rant about female staff “making a mess” in the toilets and, instead of sending it to the person, I sent it to a client”
- “I sent an email to my department about a member of staff’s leaving present, stupidly stating “give a little, if for no other reason than you are glad to see her go” being sent to all staff including the one leaving”
- “I called a customer a d***head in an email which was meant for a work colleague. Luckily he found it funny”
- “An email was sent to 130 people saying “meet me tonight in the usual place” – the sender had 90 replies asking where the usual place was!”
- “I sent a customer an email saying we were out of stock of size large shirts, but embarrassingly I forgot to include the ‘r’ in shirts”
- “I accidentally wrote ‘pubic’ in an email instead of ‘public’”
- “The funniest email was in response to an internal job application. I think one of HR’s 3 year old children typed it. I’ve never forgotten it and this is the exact response: ‘Thank U for your application what we got. If U do not here from us in 7 days U R not successful.’”
- “A colleague signed off an email, ‘Please ‘returd’ instead of ‘return’. I forget the main content of the email, but that part stuck in everyone’s minds who was cc’d in!”
- “Someone writing ‘butthole’ instead of ‘buttonhole’ in the sentence, ‘increase the buttonhole.’”
Ebuyer‘s advice is: avoid workplace embarrassment, remember to spell check your emails and always make sure they’re being sent to the right person before clicking the send button.