When you make a major misstep at work, it can feel like your professional reputation is doomed. Fortunately, this is not generally the case. If you intentionally put forth the effort to recover effectively, making a mistake does not have to hold you back.
Overcome a negative situation and come back better than ever with these tips:
Deflecting responsibility is a natural instinct for self-preservation in the workplace, but ignoring the issue or making excuses (no matter how valid they may be) can make things worse by making others question your integrity. Instead, fight the impulse to try to make the negative situation go away and take full accountability for your part. Whether you’re volunteering the information first or someone else is confronting you, it’s better to acknowledge what you did, apologize, and ensure that you will not let it happen again. Everyone makes occasional mistakes, what your manager is looking for is that you are self-aware enough to handle it appropriately.
Focus on Solutions
Approach a workplace crisis from a proactive standpoint geared toward fixing the problem, as opposed to letting emotions get the best of you. You can’t undo the past, but you may be able to improve the aftermath or at least prevent it from reoccurring. Offer up immediate solutions to the problems you may have contributed to and show that you’re willing to put forth the effort to mitigate as much damage as possible. Sometimes it may be too late, but it’s better to take action than to place blame or stew in the past.
Sometimes the worst case scenarios do come true and you suffer a major consequence after a workplace crisis. Some of the most respected leaders in the world have overcome major crises and come out better than ever – this is what’s known as “failing forward.” Examine what led up to your negative situation, what you could have done differently to prevent it, and what you’ve learned. Use it as motivation and a chance to grow as a professional and as a person.
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