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How to Address (and Move on From) a Mistake at Work

Everyone makes mistakes, but it’s still no fun when it happens to you. If you’ve just committed a faux pas at your warehouse job, you’re probably feeling pretty lousy.

As one of the top temp agencies in Lehigh Valley, PA, HTSS, Inc. assures you it’s not the end of the world. The most important thing about a mistake isn’t the incident itself, it’s how you handle the situation. Find out how to smooth things over with grace.

5 Tips to Address and Move on From a Mistake at Work

Apologize Immediately

It’s one thing to make a mistake, but another to try to sweep it under the rug. As soon as you realize your mistake, suck it up and apologize, instead of cowering in the corner like a weakling. This will lift a weight off your shoulders, while simultaneously highlighting your strength.

Take Full Responsibility

When in the hot seat, many people have a tendency to pass the blame, but that’s not a good look on anyone. Owning your mistake is the honorable thing to do, and people will respect you for it. Pointing fingers is childish, even if you weren’t the only responsible party. If other people were involved, the truth will come out, so don’t be the one to throw them under the bus.

Correct Your Error

If possible, step into action immediately to turn your error around. This might mean you have to readjust your priorities for the day or extend your shift a bit, but do whatever it takes to make things right again. The sooner this incident is behind you, the better you’ll feel.

Evaluate Lessons Learned

Take some time to carefully review the incident to see what went wrong. This will allow you to learn and grow, so you don’t make the same mistake twice. Life is all about trial and error, so the more experiences like this that you have, the better you’ll be at your job.

Forgive Yourself

So you made a mistake, big deal. Nurture your bruised ego for a minute, then move on. Every single one of your colleagues has made a mistake, and if they spent all day beating themselves up, nothing would ever get accomplished in the warehouse. Forgive yourself and try not to be too hard on your co-workers the next time they’re in this position.

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As a staffing and recruitment professional for over  30 years, I have seen many changes in the industry. Over that time, I’ve witnessed a transformation in the way organizations view staffing services. Today, we see more and more companies using staffing services as a strategic tool, rather than just for temporary fill-ins.

At HTSS, Inc., our focus is on helping companies create proactive workforce plans. Our goal is to help our clients use staffing strategically to increase capacity, overcome hiring freezes, access specialized talent, better manage increased workloads, and enhance overall productivity.

For our candidates, we help to uncover truly rewarding job opportunities—jobs that are a match to each candidate’s skills, and jobs that offer key experience and growth potential.

We look forward to strengthening our relationships with our current clients and candidates, as well as forming new and exciting partnerships in the future.


Pat Howells
HTSS, Inc.