How to Bounce Back Quickly After Making a Mistake at the Office
Step one: acknowledge the goof ASAP.
This article originally appeared on Money.
According to a recent survey by Deloitte, the top cause of stress for workers was realizing that they had made a mistake.
Of the 23,000 people surveyed, 82% said this caused them stress at work. (A challenging workload and “moments of conflict” like getting reprimanded or delivering a difficult message tied for second place, at 52%.)
This isn’t a healthy or productive situation. Mistakes are inevitable, especially if your job has grown in scope or responsibility or the pace of business has changed. Telling yourself to avoid mistakes at all costs will just lead to even more anxiety. It can also stifle your creativity (and possibly raise the anxiety levels of everyone around you).
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While you can’t avoid mistakes entirely, you can increase your ability to bounce back quickly and productively after you make one. Here are five strategies to help you recover after making a mistake at the office.