"You Have Something In Your Teeth..."
We've all been embarrassed at work. In fact, just this morning, a woman stopped by to tell my cubemate that a picture of her and her friends was in the printer by her office, in case she was looking for it. At first my associate was confused, but then she realized that the woman was referring to a picture that my co-worker printed (clearly to the wrong printer) to hang in her cube. Oops.
When it comes to embarrassing situations at work, people handle them in different ways, depending on what the embarrassment is and who it's happening to.
For example, would I tell the company VP that she's having a really bad hair day? Doubtful. But would I pull my co-workers aside and tell them to look at the VP's hair for a good laugh? Probably.
Whether or not this makes me a mean person is up for debate. In any case, CareerBuilder decided to dig deeper into this topic and ask more than 4,400 workers if they would point out something embarrassing to their colleagues, and if so, would they say something to their peers, or to co-workers on a lower or higher level?
Here are some of the key findings.
You have food in your teeth or on your face
- Same level co-worker – 66 percent
- Lower level co-worker – 60 percent
- Higher level co-worker – 49 percent
Your zipper is undone
- Same level co-worker – 67 percent
- Lower level co-worker – 62 percent
- Higher level co-worker – 50 percent
You need a breath mint
- Same level co-worker – 33 percent
- Lower level co-worker – 29 percent
- Higher level co-worker – 14 percent
What would you tell your co-workers?