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How to apologize for messing up at work

Plan for the future

You need to think through how you will handle situations like that in the future. 

Identify what went wrong. Did you act too quickly? Did you neglect to check your work? Did you listen to someone you shouldn’t have?

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Mistakes at Work
  • Most people unconsciously overreact about their mistakes.
  • It is much better to accept mistakes, learn from them, and move on.
Admit and acknowledge your mistake
  • It’s critical to be transparent, and candid own up to the mistake, and not blame others.
  • Even if it was a group mistake, acknowledge your role instead of hiding.
  • In cases where someone was hurt, issue an apology, but don’t apologize too much, or be defensive.
  • The key is to be action-oriented and focus on the future. 
Make use of your support network

A healthy support network is beneficial if it has authentic trusting relationships, has a varied range of perspectives, and follows the 'give and take rule'.

Accept your emotions

Recognize what happened and how you feel. Suppressing your emotions will get you nowhere. It’s important to first focus on how you feel.

You can also journal your emotions or speak with a clo...

Focus on the facts

Take a step out of the emotions and stress to really look at the facts of the situation. Try to look at the situation objectively and seek ways to work productively toward solving it.

Get an outside perspective, if you struggle with getting the facts in an objective manner.

Don't let it consume you

Once we’ve made what we’d call a bad decision, we give it a lot of meaning it does not inherently have.

So try to mentally separate yourself from the decision. Doing so can help you strip it of its power.

Communicating well builds trust
More time gets spend on second-guessing the intent behind poor communication than working to improve it.

Take the time to establish clear expectations around how your team is communicat...

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw

“The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”

7 Common Communication Mistakes
  • Assuming Mal Intent. Not everything is intentional, so don’t let an innocent oversight degrade trust.
  • Hiding Behind Email. Email’s a great supporting tool, but it seldom plays well as the lead medium.
  • Failure to Write Down Decisions. Writing down and reading back key decisions is an important way for everyone to move in the same direction.

  • Wasteful Meetings. To save everyone's time, only hold meetings to make decisions and/or to improve relationships.

  • Spin. If you want people to truly listen, be sure they can believe what you say. Encourage transparency and truth-telling.

  • Boring Packaging. Ditch the 35-page PowerPoint deck and explain why your project really matters.

  • Inept Listening. Listen carefully and ask great questions. Create meaning from the responses.