What to do and say after you mess up at work

Like in other spheres of our lives, we are bound to make mistakes at the workplace. PHOTO | SHUTTERSTOCK

What you need to know:

  • You need to understand that everyone makes mistakes — from Henry Ford to Bill Clinton.

  • You should not allow one mistake to derail you or to deter you from your career goals and aspirations.

  • Forgive yourself and remember that you have built a consistent reputation as a good worker.

Like in other spheres of our lives, we are bound to make mistakes at the workplace. Poor judgment, disorganisation, misunderstanding, lateness, and lethargy are all factors that can cause us to err while executing various tasks at work. The results of such mistakes can be anything from being reprimanded publicly, a strained relationship with your colleagues, or in extreme cases, being dismissed from work. While the goal is to try as much as possible to avoid making mistakes at work, this article offers suggestions on some of the steps you can take to remedy the situation when you realise that you have messed up while on duty.

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