Common office mistakes & how to deal with them
Embarrassing yourself at the office can feel like the end of your career. However, whether you forget a deadline, accidentally hit “reply to all” or committed any other office mistakes, there is always something you can do to fix it.
In fact, when you set your mind to it, you can turn even the biggest blunders into opportunities to showcase your honesty, humility and accountability.
Today, we will share with you some of the biggest office mistakes you can make along with their solutions. Sit back and enjoy the ride.
Office mistakes to avoid:
Completely forgetting about a meeting
So you are sitting at your desk, sipping your coffee and catching up on some important reading. You look up and all your colleagues are gone and you are left behind. You check the time and discover that you have missed a very important team meeting.
What do you do?
Our natural instincts to such situations is to try and hide behind our finger. To avoid confrontation, you send a quick email to the boss apologizing and making up some sort of excuse as to why you were not at the meeting.
However, this is not the right way to deal with this situation. Instead, you need to find the right time to go speak to your boss face to face and apologize about forgetting the meeting. Moreover, you need to make sure that you promise not to make this kind of behavior a habit.
Bonus tip: Set up your calendar notifications to remind yourself of upcoming events and meetings. Make sure you check your calendar on a daily basis to prevent this from happening in the future.
Accidentally hitting “Reply All”
We all get dozens and dozens of emails every day. This pushes us to skim through emails sometimes and might even cause us to reply hastily. With many emails flying in and out of your inbox, it is very possible that you might hit reply all to an email that should be kept private.
How can you salvage the situation?
Well, for starters, you need to remember to hold yourself accountable for your mistake and avoid making excuses for your slip up. Then, reply all to everyone in the email thread again and explain that the previous reply was meant for someone else. Moreover, for future reference, always remember to double check the “to” field before sending an email.
Bad mouthing a colleague
Sometimes, the lines between professional and personal can blur at the workplace. However, bad-mouthing or insulting a coworker or an boss is never a good idea. Since we are not perfect, such slip ups might happen and it all boils down to how we handle the situation.
So you said something mean about a coworker and she heard you. What do you do next?
Unfortunately, at this point, the damage is done. All you can do is apologize and hope for forgiveness. Try to give your apology face to face and avoid trying to explain yourself.
Furthermore, next time you have a problem with a coworker or your boss, make sure you address them directly about it.
Missing an important deadline
There are countless reasons why you might forget a very important deadline. It happens. Usually, our first reaction is to panic. However, what we should be doing instead is let any stakeholders involved know that you will be missing the deadline. Then offer stakeholders alternative options and make a case that getting an extension will enable to produce a more complete outcome.
For the future, start assigning yourself deadlines a couple of days before the actual deadlines. This will give you some breathing space next time something comes up.
Using office tech for personal reasons
It can be very tempting to use your computer for personal reasons when no one is looking. However, even if you are not really wasting time, using office tech for personal reasons is disrespectful and can even get you fired.
The best way to not get caught with your hand in the cookie jar is not to put your hand there to begin with. If you are anxious about getting some personal things crossed off your to do list, just take some time off or get things done during your lunch break.
Over sharing on social media
Let’s face it; we all share so much of our lives on social media. We share the good, the bad and the ugly and we do it in style! Of course, your social media accounts are your own and what you do with them is your business as long as you remember that some things are off limits. Moreover, you need to try to keep your life on social media and your life in work separate.
Don’t be fooled by privacy settings and remember there is always a possibility that someone might take a screenshot of your content and share it with someone else. Also, don’t post things you wouldn’t want your coworkers or boss to see. If you have already done it, go back and delete it.
What other office mistakes can you think about? Did you make any that you ended up regretting? We look forward to hearing from you in the comment section below.