The best intentions can lead to the worst consequences. There may be times in your career when—thanks to inexperience or simple young dumbness—you make bad mistakes. However, in an article for Fast Company, Rachel Bitte wants to help. She at least offers up solutions to these four big mistakes you might make at work:
- You’ve been slacking on the job.
- You failed to deliver an important project on time.
- You got into an argument with an unruly client.
- You got caught spreading company gossip.
Phones and social media have made it deceptively simple to waste away your whole workday. If you allow that to happen too often, you build a reputation (rightfully) as being lazy. Once this happens, it will take real effort to scrub off that stain. Nevertheless, begin by rooting out what is causing your lethargy: Is it really just the allure of social media? If so, ban yourself from it. Or do you have genuinely little motivation to perform certain tasks? Sometimes, you can solve issues of motivation by just tackling your most cumbersome work early in the day, when your level of engagement is higher. Experiment with schedules that encourage you to “swallow the frog early in the day.”
Next, let’s consider the situation of missing a project deadline. What do you do? Well, there is not much you can do. Bitte says to just accept full responsibility for the failure and lay out a plan to your boss as to how you will never let it happen again. Then cross your fingers.
A third major mistake you might make at work is to “go off” on a client who probably has it coming. Unfortunately, the fact that the client has it coming still makes it inappropriate behavior for work. In this situation, Bitte says to collect feedback from others to decide just how bad the damage is. (Maybe it could be argued you were sticking up for your team?) In any case, you have to eventually report back to your boss, explaining honestly what happened. One way or another, you will probably be held responsible for smoothing things out with the client and making sure that business does not slip away.
Finally, let’s consider the scenario of being caught gossiping, which inadvertently transforms you into “the office gossiper.” Here is how Bitte recommends resolving this situation:
Whether this was your first time or you’re a routine offender, once you’ve been caught you’ll probably only going to get one chance to change before your boss starts looking for your replacement (and if the rumor was really malicious, you may not even get that).
More than just holding onto a job here, it’s important to be an actual good person and offer a sincere apology to the subject of the gossip (especially if it’s embarrassing). You also definitely want to have a conversation with your supervisor to explain that you understand the severity of this type of behavior and make it clear that it won’t happen again.
You can view the original article here: https://www.fastcompany.com/40419816/how-to-turn-around-these-four-major-work-screw-ups-fast