In response to a previous column, HR Strange But True! readers delivered a bevy of interesting workplace e-mail mistakes, so we decided to include the best of them this week. A few of them are a bit bawdy.
"I once sent an "internal job posting" to all employees but inadvertently included a posting for a person's job that we had not yet terminated."
"An employee who had been counseled verbally by her supervisor with a follow-up summary e-mail forwarded the summary to a co-worker, adding her own expletive-laced commentary mocking the discipline. She was not only gone soon for performance failure and insubordination but was denied compensation when we passed on HER e-mail to the unemployment department."
"I was organizing a company pot luck lunch and sent out an email reminding everyone to bring their 'cock pot' instead of their CROCK POT! I always use spell check. Of course it did not catch this error. I started receiving calls immediately. I will never hear the end of this. Every time we have a pot luck lunch I hear comments!"
"A receptionist sent an email to the entire company about a bowling party the company was having, but instead typed 'blowing party.' The same receptionist sent an email to the company about a chili cook-off and asked everyone to bring the chili in a 'cockpot.'"
"Once had an employee send an email to me that was questioning whether I applied policies to myself as much as I did to staff concerning time off...he meant to send it to a colleague as we had just had a discussion with the sales staff about following travel policies. I responded to him that yes, I did apply policies to myself just as stringently as I did to the staff. Needless to say, the employee was more than a little embarrassed."
"One employee was talking nasty about an executive in an Instant Message; that employee was actually instant messaging with the executive s/he was talking nasty about."
Source: Our mistake-free readers