Absentmindedly staring at your attractive co-worker
How to handle it: Instead of quickly turning your head the other way, play it cool and smile at him or give him a small nod. You can also pretend to be staring off into space, busy thinking of new ideas for your next project. Don't let him see that you were caught off guard because that would be even more embarrassing!
Sending a harmless personal email to the wrong person
How to handle it: Ignore it at first and wait for his reaction–don't go rushing to the person whom you sent the email to. According to CBS News, people get a lot of emails every day and yours may just get lost in his inbox. There's no sense in drawing even more attention to it. If the email is somewhat sensitive in nature, wait for his reaction, and then talk to him personally and apologize for your mistake.
Sending an email to the entire company
How to handle it: If you're using Gmail and you have your Undo Send settings switched on, then you can still cover your tracks (Don't know how to use this feature? Here's how!). If you're just using regular mail, then it depends on the content of the message. If it's an embarrassing photo of a family trip that you wanted to share with a colleague, you can simply apologize. If it's something serious that involves your job and the people you work with, it's best you talk to your boss about damage control.
Getting trapped in a conversation with a colleague who won't stop talking.
How to deal with it: You're having lunch when a co-worker who just has a lot of stories to tell sits beside you. Although you don't want to be rude, you know that this is going to be a long chat. Stay for a few minutes and then politely excuse yourself. Say something like, "I'd love to hear more, but I have to send an email to a client. Next time!" and then make your escape.
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