The 4 worst things you can do in front of your boss and co-workers

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We all make mistakes. And, when you consider that we spend at least a third of our day at work, it’s only natural for some of our blunders to take place at the office or during work functions, like the company holiday party.

A survey of more than 1,300 managers by OfficeTeam, a placement firm based in Menlo Park, California, found that gaffes made in front of the boss and colleagues are actually quite common.

Wardrobe malfunctions were a common cause for embarrassment, with employees reporting mishaps ranging from zippers left unzipped during presentations to showing up to the office wearing mismatched shoes.

For other employees, simply trying to impress the boss caused them to blunder. “I called my boss ‘my love’ by complete accident,” one respondent said. Meanwhile others recalled klutzy moments in front of their bosses, such as tripping or falling off a chair.

“Nearly everyone has had an embarrassing situation at work,” says Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam. “Although these moments can be awkward, it’s best not to dwell on them, or you risk drawing more negative attention to yourself.”

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