No one is perfect and we have all screwed-up at some point. Unfortunately, a workplace screw-up can be far more embarrassing and stressful than a personal screw-up. If you are in the midst of a workplace screw-up, here are a few tips you can use to get by:

  • First of all, if you do screw-up, just admit to it. It is far more professional to admit to your mistake as opposed to making excuses or trying to put the blame on someone else. Also, the sooner you admit to a mistake, the sooner you can move on from it.
  • Conversely, if you do screw-up and your manager isn’t aware of it yet, be proactive and tell your manager before they find out about it from someone else.
  • Expect others to criticize your screw-up. When they do, remember to listen and accept the criticism, as opposed to getting overly emotional.
  • Don’t be defensive when others criticize your mistake. Accept the criticism and try to learn from it.
  • After receiving criticism, don’t dwell on it. Dwelling on negative events and criticism will only make you negative. In addition, others are more likely to move on if they know you have.
  • Finally, turn your screw-up into a positive by gathering your team members and discussing the lessons learned.

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