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.

CLEO (Malaysia) - - YOUR LIFE, YOUR RULES! -

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.

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