What to Do When You Make a Mistake at Work

Everybody screws up at one point in their career, and that is inevitable. You might feel down because of the humiliation and fear of making a big mistake – but remember, you aren’t alone. You just have to bounce back.

Taking responsibility for your mistakes is the first step that you need to do. Own your faults and don’t blame others for your shortcomings. Doing so makes you unprofessional and petty. While the screw-up may not all be your doing, you still need to take responsibility for the consequences.

The next thing that you have to is to try to be a forensic expert. Examine your mistake as a CSI agent would. Go to your colleagues who are aware of the situation and ask them what you could have done to avoid the mistake. This is a difficult and uncomfortable process, but you have to do it. This will show your boss that you are willing to get to the bottom of your mistake.

After owning your mistakes and learning how to prevent it, it’s time to rebrand yourself and get a rebound. Go the extra mile and over deliver your tasks. Take initiatives and be more proactive in your work. This will give you brownie points, saving your face from the humiliation.