We all make mistakes and it is human to make mistakes. Let us start with this basic step of acceptance. The best way to overcome guilt about our past failures is to accept them and letting go of things that are beyond our control that is when we really learn to accept ourselves.
Workplace failure is one of them. We need to accept that it is a part of the job to fail in some aspect or the other. When dealt properly, the same failure can transform to greater success in the end. Here are some strategies to deal with common workplace failures.
Failure to meet a deadline – It is frustrating to miss a deadline, but then we need to understand that not all deadlines can be met and there is no point in getting frustrated publicly.
But a real cause for concern could be when we persistently miss our deadlines.
That is when we need to retrospect whether we are good at time management. Or even consider the thought if we have been unrealistic about the timeframe we have undertaken.
If you find the timeframe allotted for the work or the work itself overburdening, then you need to speak about it with your boss. Initially it may take some courage to speak about it with your boss, but it will definitely save your face later.
If you did have apprehensions about the work when initially assigned, you need to talk about it with your boss, pointing out the hindrances in the job as well as your shortcomings that might hinder in you not being able to complete the job on time.
Conflicts with the co-workers â€“ Teamwork does not mean everyone agrees to everything. There are bound to be conflicts, misunderstandings and petty fights with your team leader that might be labelled as failure. However do not be upset.
Learn from the fact that not all minds think alike and there is bound to be disagreement where more than one brain is involved. It is best to remain impartial if you are a witness to a conflict and not take sides. Nevertheless, if you are one of the aggrieved parties, then it is best to tell your supervisor how problems within the team affect your productivity and morale.
If you are criticised for your teamâ€™s poor performance, remember this does not negate your capabilities or in any way negate you as a good employee. Take it in your stride and improve upon it.
Evading a responsibility â€“ Making constant excuses may label you as undependable and untrustworthy. If you feel you will be facing difficulties when tackling a particular assignment, it is best to ask for guidance in order to get things done.
You will then be viewed as a person who has tried to get the work done. If you still fail, try and fix the issue without hiding behind lame cover-ups and excuses. Always welcome a feedback on your ideas and remember to take them seriously.
Your idea bombed â€“ So what if your idea bombed? Learn from the mistakes committed in preparation for your next project. Analyze what went wrong or what could have been altered to make the assignment a success.
Take ownership of the fact that you were responsible for the project not being successful. Accept your mistakes humbly and do not try to push the blame on others. Blaming others will create tension and spoil your relationship with them.
Remember failures are the stepping stones to success.