Everyone makes mistakes. Do not allow it to cause any damage. Before any damage is done, correction of the Mistake is what you should aim at and if mistake cannot be corrected, damage control should be done. There are two situations that can arise when a mistake happens from you.
- You make a mistake and you realize it and can either correct it or control the damage.
- You make a mistake and you realize it when damage is done.
In both the cases, we sometime go defensive and start giving excuses, thus worsening the problem. Sometimes you can correct your mistake and sometime you may need help of someone. May be help from your boss and that's when things become tricky. When damage is already done correcting your mistake may not been an option.
Feeling bad about the situation is fine. But, with upset mood you cannot solve the problem instead add more problems to current situation.
Here are 5 Quick tips to handle the situation.
1) Stay Calm:
Surely, it does not feel good when you make a mistake. Whole office might be talking about it, you might become an example of what not to do, even worse your boss may shout at you in front of other colleagues. Take deep breath and do not over think. Situation might not be favorable, but anxiety can destroy can make situation worse. Tell yourself to stay calm. Take some time and do not get carried away, that you made a mistake. Do not worry about it too much. Mistake is done and now it's time for you to act and solve the problem that you created. This can be a situation that might work in your way. Show your problem solving tactics here. But, before that calm yourself as you do not want to make another mistake here.
2) Admit your Mistake :
Do not make excuses. You realize that you made a mistake, be bold about it and accept it. It shows that you are not only professional but you take ownership rather than making excuses. It demonstrate that you are strong
3) Don't point fingers at others:
Be bold and do not be scared of accepting your mistake. Admitting mistakes shows you are strong and point fingers are other displays your weakness. Mistakes happen, they do but do. Don't hide your mistake because if you do and some day it comes out it will not reflect good on you. Don't play the blame game.
4) Learning is an important tool
Learning is very important and plays a major role. Making mistakes help you to to learn but make sure you don't repeat your mistakes again and again. Understand, the mistake no matter how big don't let it damage your career. Lessons learnt today will stay with you forever.
5) Be a problem solver
Now that you have realized your mistake, you have accepted it, taken ownership and learnt from your mistake. It is time to be a problem solver. If your company understands the importance of an hard working, passionate and sincere employee, they will definitely consider you. Don't go with the problem to your boss but go along with a solution too.