Screwed up at work. Now what?
February 4, 2014 4:07 AM Subscribe
I learned last night that a temporary employee did only part of a job I needed him to do, making it basically useless. Now what?
posted by kat518 to Work & Money (20 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I've had a temporary employee - Friday was his last day - to help me with a project associated with a major upcoming event at work. This event is a source of a lot of stress for me. The temp's task was to print a lot of materials. I learned last night that he only printed the cover sheets for said materials.
My manager asked a few times if the temp was doing what he was supposed to be doing but I saw him printing and organizing cover sheets so I (wrongfully) assumed he had printed out the actual materials. My manager has been a little crankier than usual (yesterday he complained that the labels I bought weren't sticky enough) plus this is embarrassing and I feel guilty and horrible so I'm hesitant to tell him.
I can fix this mistake - it will just take a lot of time when I'm at my busiest. I can potentially outsource some of this work to Kinko's but I would have to ship it. I know I screwed up and I know I need to fix my mistake but I'm overwhelmed and frustrated and freaked out. I haven't cried over this yet but the day is young. I woke up in a sweat thinking about this.
My manager asked for the temp to do two copies of everything on Wednesday or Thursday. Rather than tell him that the temp screwed up (therefore I screwed up), I'd prefer to correct my mistake and say that temp didn't finish the second version (true ...) and work to do it this week. Is this a horrible idea? How horrible? Do you have any not horrible ideas?