Tips to Recover From a Mistake at Work that Could Have Fired You

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Some offenses done at work can make people fired. Honestly, for issues related to corruption, the removal from post is well-deserved. However, there are some mistakes that were unintentional. The employees who committed those mistakes tried doing a good job, but ended that way. If you are one of these people, these are some ways for you to recover and be better.

Feel the pain for a while

Feel the pain for a while

When you feel frustrated, embarrassed or angry about what you did, you need to let it stay that way. Allow the feeling to sink in until such time that you are ready to move on. However, you cannot let yourself feel terrible forever. The reason why it is okay for to you take time to absorb the emotions is that you are less likely to commit that mistake when you know how things would turn out in the end. It also shows remorse and people around you might be willing to forgive you.

Talk to the affected people

Whether you hurt customers or colleagues, you need to go to them and talk to them about what you did. If you can apologize for what you did, you need to do it. You cannot move on from this situation unless you have the courage to face them and show them how apologetic you are. Just make sure that you do not overdo your apology or else it could step into the boundaries of lawsuits. Also, when you apologize, just say sorry and end it there. Avoid explaining your side. Do not justify the mistake.

Create a plan on what you will do next

Your boss might forgive you, but it is essential for you to prove that you already know what you did wrong, and you will not do it again. Create a clear plan on how you can avoid the said mistake moving forward.

Research and improve yourself

You might have committed errors because you did not prepare well for your job. You were given a task, but you did not take time to know more about it. You also did not look at the people around you and how could maximize their presence. Moving forward, you need to know what they can do to help you. Perhaps, you would not have committed those mistakes if you sought help from the people you work with.

Pause for a while when you knew you did something wrong. It is understandable if you are angry at yourself. You also need to give time to the people around you to understand the crazy thing that you have done. Once the pain has lessened and everyone is willing to move forward, it is time for you to change your ways.

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