When working for a firm, one major responsibility an employee owns to the company or organization is to do their job neatly and make no mistakes in the process. When this happens, such employee gets into trouble and if they’re unlucky, they get kicked out of their job.
When the case may never always be the same, there are things to do when you find yourself at such a critical moment and lost on what to do.
When we are in a state of panic, it is quite easy and more likely to blow things out of proportion. Because our mind has crated “worst-case scenario” that is usually much darker than what is likely to happen.
When this (mistake) happens, take a deep breath and seek out a factual opinion before deciding your career is finished or matters have gotten out of hand.
There is a huge chance that an answer to the problem may be found and you’ll retain your job and dignity if you calmly think over everything.
Own your mistake;
In this case, for the sake of your reputation, breaking such bad news (your mistake) is best if it comes from you rather than a third party.
Truth is, If you face the mistake quickly and notify the right people, it won’t look like you’re trying to hide anything or put off the blame. Also, once you acknowledge your mistake openly, you’ll feel some of the burdens lift off your shoulder.
After owning your mistake, it will become more real and you’ll be able to see reasons on how to deal with it.
Sometimes, only apologize can be the remedy to a mistake. If you encounter such a case, ensure that you do so sincerely and profusely.
Sometimes times, amending for a mistake may require you to replace or repay a debt, work overtime to rectify the issue depending on how huge the issue is. Be very open and ask colleagues the best way to make amend, don’t just assume. In particular cases, it may be most practical to keep your distance for a certain period of time until the crisis blows over.
Assess the bigger picture;
Mistakes can sometimes be a warning that something bigger is happening, and so it is worth understanding the reason why it happened in the first place to avoid a second one.
Then, you need to ask yourself some certain questions like: Is life seldom stressful at the moment? Are you tired with the job, are you not getting enough rest, trying to maneuver too many duties, or are you preoccupied with other( personal) matters?.
Doing this would provide you with answers as to why the mistake happened in the first place and you’ll be on the lookout for more mistakes.
The truth is that once Trust is lost, it hardly or takes time to comes back. However, if you’ve been a substantial performer, chances are your sins would be forgotten pretty soon and it won’t take as long as you may have assumed.
Truth is, if you’re loved and valued, you will find some co-workers empathizing by sharing their past tales of grief. With time, your boss will get to forget your mistakes, and depends on how well you perform your tasks afterward.
Bear in mind that you’re human and humans are liable to make mistakes. It is very likely that you’ll be tempted to continue to beat yourself up even after you’ve made amends and moved on.
You should know that error is simply a mistake, not a definition of who you are and you should scale your past achievements on it.
Also ask yourself, what if your mistake is beyond repair and the company decides the best procedure is to let you off? Would you kill yourself for that?. Accept the consequences, and prepare to move ahead no matter what the case may be.
If a mistake ends up costing you your job, learn from it, and teach yourself not to allow it to happen again. Honestly, It may feel like the end of the world, especially if you lose your licensee in the process or you’re unable to resume working in the same field, still, don’t allow it to defeat or define you and your future.