mistakes at work

Everyone makes mistakes, and when you spend up to a third of your life at work some of those mistakes are bound to happen in the workplace. Many kinds of mistakes are forgivable, and some are even expected for those new to their work, but of course it always pays off to do as much as you can to get things right as much of the time as you can.

Mistakes at work can lead to missed deadlines, unsatisfactory work or lost clients or revenue – not to mention letting down your co-workers. Experienced professionals however know that the same mistakes can happen again and again, and learn to prevent the most common ones, both in themselves and those who work for them.

There are definitely different ‘types’ of walking disasters – people who seem unlikely to ever learn to change their habits. If you recognise yourself or your employees here though, you can work to improve the way you work. Do you fit the profile?

The silent one

We’re always talking about how important it is to communicate in the workplace, and to make sure everyone’s on the same page. Too often, a project is mishandled or somebody doesn’t know what they’re supposed to be doing, because nothing was shared among the team. Effective communication doesn’t have to be difficult – just don’t be afraid to speak up, listen carefully and make a special effort to clarify new or difficult ideas.

The gossip

Gossiping is of course an example of entirely the wrong kind of communication – the sort that can ruin credibility and careers. Spreading gossip or rumours about colleagues can constitute harassment and isn’t productive, not to mention that it can actually earn the gossiper a reputation as mean or judgemental.

The yes man (or woman)

It’s all too easy to try to take on more work that you’re actually capable of handling. What this usually results in is stress and fatigue, as well as most of that person’s work not actually being that good. When you have to take shortcuts in your work to fit it all in, and when you’re struggling to stay awake at your desk, you’re not actually impressing your higher-ups as much as you might imagine. Take it down a notch to a level you can handle, and enjoy your free time instead.sinopsis film

The denier

When you do make a mistake, it’s best to come clean. Trying to cover it up however, is often a much bigger mistake and one that can turn an excusable slip-up into a fireable offense. It’s true that by saying nothing, a mistake like upsetting a client or spilling coffee in the photocopier might be missed or turned into somebody else’s problem. But being honest with your manager about your mistakes shows maturity and trustworthiness, and means the recovery effort can begin as soon as possible to minimise the damage.

The unteachable

Anyone can make mistakes, as we know, but they serve as valuable experience from which we can develop and pick a new way to go forward. Some say that if you learn from it, it’s not a mistake, and whether or not you believe that’s strictly true, there’s definitely something to be said from learning from not just your failures but those of others.

Some people however seem to more or less refuse to learn from their faults and continue to stumble through their career doing the same thing as ever. Don’t be that person – carefully consider what happened leading up to the problem and take steps to address the causes.

What other blunderers have you met at work? How can you avoid becoming one of these personalities? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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