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Work White Out

Work White Out

Author: Moe Harrison /Tuesday, January 08, 2019/Categories: SNI Companies, SNI Financial, Workplace Issues, SNI Certes, Workplace Issues, SNI Technology, Accounting Now, Staffing Now

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Remember White Out? It’s not as prevalent today, but it was a staple for covering up mistakes back when things had to be typed out. Well, there’s no real White Out for work mistakes. In fact, we all make mistakes at work – however it’s what you do after a mistake, intentional or not, that can set you up for long term success. Whether you’re a new employee or a seasoned manager, here are some tips to bounce back the next time it happens.

Be Honest with Yourself and OTHERS!
Don’t sugar coat the situation but try to view it objectively and keep things in perspective. One of the quickest ways to earn respect with your co-workers and subordinates is to take accountability and admit mistakes. Conversely, you can lose credibility in an instant if you try to shift blame or cover up mistakes. Eventually the truth will typically come out and being accountable and honest in the beginning goes a long-ways toward building the right professional reputation.

Take Control of the Situation
If the situation involves others speak with them about the mistake quickly, acknowledge the mishap and apologize for what happened. A quick explanation of what went wrong, owning up to your mistake and letting them know you are correcting it will typically defuse situations. People don’t need to hear your excuse or justification; they usually just need to hear that you’re taking control of the situation. Most mistakes at work can be resolved or corrected relatively quickly so the sooner you can get out of panic mode and into solution mode, the faster you can remedy the situation.

Be a problem resolver
The final step is to look back on the situation and learn from it to try and ensure that it doesn’t happen again. Leon Brown said “Mistakes are the stepping stones to wisdom. We learn from trial and error; we become wise by understanding problems.” Were you moving throughout your day too fast and made a simple mistake, did you overbook your schedule and miss an important meeting? Whatever the situation was, evaluate the root cause and determine if there is a way to implement a check and balance to allow you or others to avoid the same mistake in the future. I’m pretty sure the world’s first alarm clock didn’t have a snooze function on it, but after a costly mistake or two somebody implemented a way to overcome our tendency to roll over and turn the alarm off without a plan b! Who knows, maybe your mistake will lead you to be the inventor of the world’s greatest process improvement function!

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Moe Harrison is a Regional Vice President with SNI. With more than 15 years’ experience in recruiting and personnel management, Moe has a unique perspective on the top issues and concerns of employers and candidates in the accounting and finance fields.

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