We all make mistakes from time to time. Sometimes it is a relatively small error, such as a couple of typographical errors in a report. Other times it is a major mistake, like losing an important customer. However, while it is understandable to want to punish yourself for it or perhaps even make excuses for what happened, there is really only one constructive way of acting: assuming your mistakes. Although there is always the anxiety of losing our jobs, it is crucial to face the consequences and, if possible, find solutions. For this reason, we want to help you assume your mistakes at work.
Making a mistake doesn’t feel right, but if you don’t handle the situation well, it can get worse. For example, if you continue to reproach yourself, you will have difficulty letting it go. You could even lose some confidence in yourself. On the other hand, if you usually try to blame something or someone else, it can cause tension in the workplace.
In contrast, when you take care of your mistakes, you demonstrate integrity and responsibility. Your leader and co-workers see that you are honest and prepared to take responsibility for your actions. That will probably make you more respected. In addition, they will perceive you as a better worker, someone they can count on. They will even be more prepared to help you correct your mistakes so you can turn them into learning opportunities.
How can you assume your mistakes?
To assume your mistakes at work you need to follow a process, starting with recognizing your mistake. In other words, don’t avoid it. If you look at your work and it doesn’t seem right, it’s better if you realize that you made a mistake before someone else does.
Devise a solution. Find out how you can correct the error so that you meet as faithfully as possible with the delivery date. For example, if you have failed to meet a deadline, determine how quickly you can realistically provide the work delivered.
Inform people who will be affected by the error. Inform your leader and co-workers about the error. Unless they ask for a reason, it is better to avoid going into details, because that sounds like you are making excuses.
Present a solution. Explain what the solution would be and make sure they approve it. Otherwise, it offers other options until they decide on something that works for everyone involved.
Keep going. Once a solution has been decided, it is essential to execute it so that you do not look bad again. If you need help, ask for it.
No one is perfect, and that means you will make mistakes from time to time. But if you recognize them and solve them correctly, they can help you become a more respected, reliable, and resourceful worker.