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Recover From Office Slip-ups

Despite the fact that you gave the latest project the best possible shot, it didn’t quite work of as you had anticipated – some may choose to describe it as a bad day at work.

You are obviously not as forgiving. For you a slip-up is equivalent to a failure. How you deal with failure, however, is what will ultimately help you succeed.

Here is a list of some of the most common workplace failures that employees are forced to deal with on a daily basis:

Missing a deadline
Nobody likes to miss deadlines. If you constantly find it difficult to meet them and have been getting in trouble because of it, you seriously need to consider joining a course in time management. Or it just might be a case of overburdening yourself with too much work or agreeing to an unrealistic timeframe. If so, you may have set yourself up for failure.

Tip: Always trust your instincts. If too much work is coming your way, then learn to speak up. While it may take some courage to voice your reservations regarding the amount of work that’s being heaped upon you, it will help you save face later on. If you didn’t get an opportunity to say anything when you were initially assigned the work, meet your boss in private and explain your feelings about having to meet such a tight deadline.

Starting a conflict
Most corporate organizations nowadays believe in organizing their department as teams, so starting a conflict with your team members or your immediate superior often gets labelled as work failure.

Tip: The best way to avoid office conflicts is to avoid taking sides in a conflict. If you are being harassed or find yourself a victim of office politics then involve your supervisor and tell him how the problems within the team affect your productivity and morale. That way, you will not sound like a whiny complainer.

Evading responsibilities & making excuses
Are you are bundle of doubts, confusions and excuses? Do you keep avoiding responsibilities afraid that wouldn’t be able to handle them? Or are you full of excuses as to why you failed to get the job done?

If you keep making excuses you run the risk of being labelled as undependable and untrustworthy or being considered as overly defensive and resistant. This may adversely affect your work prospects in the near future.

Tip: Don’t procrastinate and face the situation. If you feel you are unequal to the task approach your colleagues and take their help to get the things done. Even if you fail, apologize and get the issues fixed without hiding behind fictitious explanations.

Executing a bad idea
You spent huge amount of your company’s time and money and developed a product that just bombed when it hit the market. You were expecting to get showered with laurels for your idea. Instead your boss demands a full fledged explanation that justifies the investment.

Tip: Doesn’t matter if your idea bombed. That’s what business ideas are all about. You took a calculated risk which failed to pay off. Carefully analyze where you went wrong or how better you could have handled the project. Perhaps a little more research was needed or some more money should have been pumped in to prepare the people for an idea that was ahead of its time. Or perhaps you could have taken the advice of senior members of the team.

Taking onus of your mishap is by far the most important step which will help you in dealing with a failed project. Blaming others rather than yourself will create tension at office and spoil your relationship with them.

Always remember failure is one of the best teaching tools life can offer you. Even if you fall flat on your face, you can always use the valuable lesson you learnt to work your way on to the top.


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Career Advice: Recover From Office Slip-ups
Recover From Office Slip-ups
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