YOU STUFFED UP AT WORK ... NOW WHAT? You’re killing it in the office, but now you’ve made a mistake and panic has hit. Don’t worry – here’s how to turn even the biggest mess to your advantage.
Think back to the all those major face-palming moments you’ve had at work. Maybe you made a smoothie without putting the lid on the blender, or called someone the wrong name in a meeting? We all make mistakes. Let’s rewind to Week One of my first job in magazines. Part of my role was to organise in-office birthday celebrations, and these were a big deal. You can’t deprive a group of women the chance to gorge on sweets in the name of a special occasion. It was a colleague’s big day in my first week, and I thought I’d be extra-organised and ask what she wanted to snack on ahead of schedule. I got an email in the afternoon, “Maybe some gelato would be nice? Oh, and it’s actually my birthday today!” Sh*t. I went into instant damage control. I sent a quick meeting request out to the office and before I could hear murmurs of “Geez, finally”, I was out of there faster than you could say ‘cheese platter’. With credit card in hand, I had a fierce ambition to make it the best spread ever. It wasn’t. I’d somehow come back sans gelato but once I’d owned up to mixing up the dates, we laughed it off and it was fine. Here‘s how to reclaim your confidence and make your employer remember your name ... for all the right reasons.