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I started a new job 3 weeks ago that I am really enjoying.

I am feeling pretty confident in the tasks that I have learnt (payments) and yesterday my manager said that I would move on to learn another section as I had learnt payments. Exciting stuff.

Today my manager was going over some accounts and found some errors I had made:

1) not putting a receipt in an account

2) not redeeming some gift vouchers

3) cannot find a form that I filed

None of these are massive issues and he was really nice about it but I feel awful. I felt great yesterday that my boss seemed pleased with my progress and now he probably thinks I'm an idiot. I pride myself on being a hard worker, and even though I am new and 3 mistakes in 3 weeks isn't terrible the fact that it all came out today has left me feeling sad and anxious!

Can anyone share some stories of work stuff ups to make me feel better?

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My way of calculating stuff ups is to work out the cost of the mistake to the company. One of my team members forgot to get sign off on advertising and it was delayed for three days. Cost? $100k. I ordered product from the US that didn't make it through quarantine. Cost? $365k. I launched a product that failed and had to be written off. Cost? $1.1m.

Pretty sure that will make you feel better!

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When I was 17 I wrote out 20 cheques for the same amount twenty dollars and twenty cents instead I wrote tweety dollars and tweety cents LOL!!! Also I use to have to the banking instead of taking 20mins to do I took over an hour and came back to work in a different outfit....I also went out a lot and use to come to work hang over and fall a sleep on the toilet....I wondered why I got the sack ;) 34 years old now and have an amazing job in marketing who'd have thought......you mistake is not a biggie don't be to hard on yourself, you sound like you own worse critic and like I am and we generally won't let ourselves down let alone the hand that pays us ;) chin-up xo

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Oh bebe don't worry, "never a mistake, Always a lesson" only my first day at work at a dental nurse trainee, I fainted while watching a filling get performed...it was the most embarrassing experience of my life!!! All I could think of was how stupid I must look!! If I can't handle watching a filling how could I possible nurse and help do extractions or root canals etc lol. Anyway I had to go home obviously so I lasted 20mins at my new job. I was so nervous to go back the next day as I looked like such a ****, but I got the courage up and my stubborn ness kicked in. I was determined to prove to my boss that I can do this and that I won't make any mistake! It will get better :)

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My way of calculating stuff ups is to work out the cost of the mistake to the company. One of my team members forgot to get sign off on advertising and it was delayed for three days. Cost? $100k. I ordered product from the US that didn't make it through quarantine. Cost? $365k. I launched a product that failed and had to be written off. Cost? $1.1m.

Pretty sure that will make you feel better!

Holey sh!tballs!!! No pressure on u or anything.

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Just a add on to my story....one time we were scheduled to extract a tooth, it had already been treatment planned so we knew exactly what one we were taking out. Anywho, the dentist went in and got a tight grip on a tooth And I had to scream out the correct tooth number!!!!! He was about to pull out the wrong tooth!!!!!!!!So just goes to show that even bosses make mistakes, even with 30yrs of experience lol

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OMG don, that's not legal!!!!! My boss would always threaten that to us, if we dropped something(when I was a dental nurse) or dispensed too much material etc. screw him. Tell him to o suck a fat one!

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I would follow it up if it has, that's awful!!! There is no way I would stand for it. U work hard for that money, it's not ur stuff up, they weren't clear and the company did send the girl 2 vouchers,

some people are just so friggin money hungry!

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I once paid a government dept $250,000 instead of $2500... Oops!

i used bpay so couldn't stop the payment either. I rang and luckily for me the guy I spoke to was really helpful. I think the fake tears and cries of being fired if I dint fix it helped. My boss just said... Are we getting it back? I explained it would take a few days. He said oh well **** happens. I would have preferred he yelled at me, I felt so bad.

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HA most stuff ups by good hard workers is because of a lack of training in the area. We're not supposed to know it all so if you need training in an area don't be afraid to speak up as it shows initative that you want to learn and perfect your job :)

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I haven't made huge work errors yet but I am a perfectionist and if I even make one little mistake I'm SOOO hard on myself!!! Even if my boss is fine with it I feel like shooting myself in the foot and going home to cry. Worst feeling!

This is me.. I go over it and over it in my head and feel so bad! Argh

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I'm a legal secretary/paralegal and work for the managing partner of the firm. I had an occasion where in one day I had made three mistakes and ended up getting a written warning. I was gutted and in actual fact I think I even had a teary over it. To make matters worse, they actually weren't all mistakes and I don't think they were all my fault. In one instance I was instructed to prepare documents based on an ASIC search so I did that. Turns out the search I was reading from was wrong (ASIC's records were wrong but how was I to know any better?) so the documents I prepared were wrong. Despite my boss and the clients seeing the drafts half a dozen times prior to signing, it was only picked up when they went to sign them. The second mistake was I typed exactly what I heard in a dictation rather than use my better judgement. While I have great respect for my boss and his intelligence (he's an accredited specialist and a VERY good lawyer) he does make mistakes sometimes, says wrong words, misses words etc. in his dictations. This was when I was still fairly new to the job and even though I proof read my work, I left it as it was because that was what he had dictated, even though I thought it was wrong. The third mistake, was actually a mistake. I had to make some hand written amendments to a document and missed the deletion of some words. It was picked up by the client before he signed and he was unhappy about it as it would have had major consequences. So, from my boss's perspective - I had made a bunch of mistakes, and he's very much a no nonsense kind of man so he didn't want to hear my explanations. Even though he asked me if I had anything to say, I figured it was futile and I didn't want to waste his time so I just apologised. It still makes me angry to this day and I feel like I learnt from it, but I truly don't think they were all my fault. Hope my sucky story makes you feel better :)

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