TAP In with Tristan : How to Smooth Over Making a Mistake at Work

Tristan talks about how you can smooth over making a mistake at work on this installment of TAP In with Tristan. No matter how much of a perfectionist we may be, mistakes happen, and when they occur at work, they can be stressful and contribute to anxiety. But we can use mistakes as an opportunity for personal growth. It all starts with changing your mindset and understanding that making mistakes is part of achieving success!

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TRANSCRIPT

Tristan: What’s going on, Living Corporate? It’s Tristan, and I want to thank you for tapping back in with me as I provide some tips and advice for professionals. Today, let’s talk about how you can smooth over making a mistake at work.

No matter how much of a perfectionist we may be, mistakes happen, and when they occur at work, they can be stressful and contribute to anxiety. But we can use mistakes as an opportunity for personal growth. It all starts with changing your mindset and understanding that making mistakes is part of achieving success.

If you make a mistake, the first step to smooth it over is to take responsibility and tell your leadership before they find out themselves. While your boss may be upset, think about how much more upset they will be if they find out about the mistake from someone else. Bringing this up early can help ensure the problem doesn’t snowball into more issues.

The next step is to develop and propose a solution. This shows you’re proactive and that you’ve taken some time to reflect on the actions that led to the mistake. If you can, seek advice from subject matter experts, more experienced coworkers, and stakeholders that may have been affected to inform the development of your solution.

Lastly, do some self-reflection. It’s important that you not only understand the actions that led to the mistake but also how you can avoid making them again. Managers know that their employees will make mistakes, but they also want to know that you won’t repeat the same mistake over and over again. This doesn’t mean wallow in your mistakes, just figure out how to prevent the same thing from happening in the future.

Everyone makes mistakes, but taking a solution-based approach and learning from the experience is the most important thing you can do.

This tip is brought to you by Tristan of Layfield Resume Consulting. Check us out on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @layfieldresume, or connect with me, Tristan Layfield, on LinkedIn.

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