Ever SCREW up at work? Along the way, inevitably it is bound to happen. You spend so much time at work, and like most (if not all) of us, you are doing more than one job, managing time as effectively as you can, multi-tasking a variety of ‘things’, meeting deadlines and managing your responsibilities, also as best you can.
Not sure I know anyone that isn’t in the ‘do more with less’ category at work, and we all know that you really cannot do more with less. That is just not possible. So, we learn and focus on time management and how to prioritize. At the end of the day, PRIORITIZING is still the most practical way to get things done.
And, as we juggle our ‘to-do’ list we begin to multi-task and with that, we often dilute the quality of getting things done and occasionally, something falls through the cracks and we SCREW it up.
Sometimes we do it without being aware which can cause people to forgive and recognize it as a misunderstanding. Sometimes, however, we just drop the ball and get ‘it’ wrong, which can erode confidence and worse, trust your colleagues have in you.
So what do you do when you make a mess? You clean it up. Acknowledge the mistake, own it and do what you have to do to make things right. Mistakes piss people off. Many view it as time wasted and time is money, so clearly a mistake can be costly. There are times when you just have to suck it up, admit you are wrong, communicate with your team, try to repair what is broken and restore that trust.
It will take time, but if you like where you are and want to endure, you accept the new, temporary conditions and allow for patience from your colleagues and do the right things, as doing the right thing is the right thing to do.