Senior Managers Aren’t Perfect

In a survey from staffing firm OfficeTeam, senior managers were asked to recount their most embarrassing moments at work.

Senior managers confess to falling asleep, ripping their pants and breaking the coffee machine in a survey from OfficeTeam that asks what are their most embarrassing moments at work.


Survey responses included:

  • “I screamed because a coworker put a spider on me.”
  • “My swivel chair moved as I was sitting down and I ended up on the floor.”
  • “I turned to talk to someone and walked into the elevator door.”
  • “I fell and broke a tooth while running up the stairs.”
  • “I came out of the bathroom with toilet paper stuck to my shoe.”
  • “I vomited onstage while receiving an award.”
  • “I fell asleep during a meeting and had to be woken up.”
  • “I mistakenly went into the women’s restroom.”
  • “I swore after a phone call without realizing the person was still on the line.”
  • “I couldn’t find my car after happy hour.”
  • “I showed up for work on a Saturday because I thought it was Friday.”
  • “Everyone showed up for a meeting on the wrong day because I had incorrectly scheduled it.”
  • “I sent an email badmouthing a person to that individual.”
  • “I got caught hiding in the bathroom using my phone.”
  • “I broke the coffee machine, and it started spraying nonstop.”
  • “I gave an award to the wrong person during a recognition ceremony.”
  • “I greeted two clients who were sisters as mother and daughter.”
  • “I accidentally called a male customer ‘ma’am’ on the phone.”
  • “I ripped my pants while playing hacky sack and had to get a new pair.”
  • “I wore mismatched shoes to work.”
  • “I spilled food on my outfit during lunch with a client.”
  • “I didn’t realize until after a meeting that my zipper was down.”
  • “I sneezed while eating and food flew everywhere.”
  • “I made a cake to celebrate an employee’s birthday and found out she was allergic to it.”
  • “I ate the wrong lunch out of the refrigerator.”


The survey includes responses from more than 600 senior managers at companies in the U.S. and Canada with 20 or more employees.