Nov 18, 2016 12:59 PM EST
Tips to Effectively Bounce Back When you Make Mistakes at Work
We all face difficult situations at work, every single day. However, not everyone knows how to handle them especially when mistakes are made. Just as mistakes are part of our daily lives, we should know how to effectively deal and handle them in such a way that they will not wreak havoc on your career.
It is important to acknowledge that you can't avoid making errors and that all of these are important aspects of learning and growth. Even if you commit mistakes, this should not stop you from doing your best as an employee. And when you make errors, it only means you risk hard enough instead of choosing to play it safe.
Since mistakes can't be avoided, what you need to do when they occur is to recognize and acknowledge your mistake, and inform your direct reports or stakeholders immediately so that an action will be taken. And when you do this, remember that you have to be honest and detailed, and be able to explain what happened and provide suggestions on the next steps, if possible. Your honesty is important to building your credibility as an employee. People in the office will learn to trust you. Another important thing about raising an issue as early as possible is that the problem is more manageable if you seek help as soon as the problem started. It will be a lot easier to address it.
It is perfectly fine to ask for help but when you do, make sure you have also taken the time to think of the possible solutions. Being a good leader means that you know when you need to reach out for help and involve others when it comes to problem-solving.
One more important thing you should remember is that even if the mistake wasn't your fault, you still have to try to find a solution for it. Your leaders will appreciate it better if you show urgency when it comes to dealing with problems that need to be addressed immediately. This will help you earn the respect and the trust of your colleagues when they how much you are willing to do for them.
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