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How to handle your big mistake at work

“Be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes” – Confucius

Even the best and most meticulous professionals have experienced that panicky heart beat after identifying an error.  That heart beat rapidly worsens once you discover it’s your fault and the mistake was caused by you or someone you’re responsible for. You repeatedly think;

  • How does this affect production and/or service?
  • What’s the worst that could happen?
  • Could I lose my job over this?

The best solution in this situation is undoubtedly to tell the truth. Own up to your slip-up, brainstorm solutions and/or alternatives, offer a sincere apology, and promise yourself to use this as an opportunity to learn.

Take the 2 500 year old advice of Confucius:

A man who has committed a mistake and doesn’t correct it is committing another mistake.

This could be a blessing in disguise too because erring on the job produces a platform that enables you to leave a lasting impression of yourself upon your superiors. Handling the situation effectively and with a mature attitude reflects positively on your character – especially if you’re trying to build a long term career.

On the other hand, throwing mini tantrums, shifting the blame, and arrogant excuses negatively affects the overall perception your manager will have of you – and try to remember that you may require her reference if you ever want to find other employment.  How you handle an error says less about your work competency and more about your professionalism, both of which is important if you plan to excel in your career. Recover Gracefully.

Strong people make as many mistakes as weak people. Difference is that strong people admit their mistakes, laugh at them, learn from them. That is how they become strong.

4 Time-saving apps you need today

Have you accomplished everything you set out to do today? If not, it may be that efficiency is holding you back. With an array  of apps available for your every need, there’s no longer a reason to rush through one task to jump to the next (only to get nothing done).

We’ve picked 4 essential apps to get you started:

EVERNOTE

EvernoteEvernote allows you to create notebooks in which to organize your thoughts, ideas and notes. A “note” can for example be a piece of formatted text, a full webpage, a photograph, or voice memo and can have file attachments. No more paper writing or using the basic notebook on your phone. With this app, it is way easier!

ANY.DO.

Any.Do enables you to easily manage your daily tasks. The layout of this app looks smooth and simple to use, and it allows you to add and complete tasks with reminders that can be personalised based on their importance.

RESCUETIME

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RescueTime gives you an accurate picture of how you spend your time on your smartphone or computer. For example it’ll indicate how much time you’ve spent tweeting or writing emails. It’s a very helpful app to increase your productivity!

HOOTSUITE

Hootsuite gathers all of your social media profiles into a single dashboard so you can easily monitor and update all of them quickly and easily. It lets you schedule status updates on any social network, stay up-to-date with your friends, followers and more from your phone or desktop computer.

Are you in a career rut? 5 ways to tell

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Feeling like your professional life is going nowhere slowly is usually the first indication that you’re probably right. To be sure, here are 5 more questions to ask yourself:

1. How long have you been responsible for the same tasks?

It is important to recognise whether or not your current tasks have changed for the duration of your employment. If there has been no increase in the amount of daily tasks or responsibilities you’ve been given in two or more years, your career may be stalled. Your employers would have granted you more opportunities if they thought you’d be able to handle them well.

2.  When last did you learn a new skill?

If you have not learnt new skills that add value to your current role, you may not have the ability to take on new roles or responsibilities. Your workload may even have decreased and distributed to your colleagues that are more efficient and resourceful.

3. Does your Performance Review indicate that you only meet expectations?

Words that describe you as adequate, meets expectations and satisfactory indicate that you lack initiative, determination and ambition. You are therefore more likely to be overlooked by management.

4. Have you been overlooked for a promotion?

If your answer to this question is yes, you need to understand why. You need to offer increasing value to the company through personal growth and following emerging trends in your industry.

5. Do you dread going to work?

You should have a passion for what you do and look forward to interacting with your daily tasks – not only for the benefit of the company but for your own personal well-being too. If you’re just going through the motions and you’re looking forward to the end of the work day, it may be time for you to look for something new.

Before you jump ship, arrange a meeting with your boss. Having a proactive attitude is beneficial to both you and the company since you’ll know what aspects to improve on, what is expected of you and how to exceed those expectations. Your boss will begin to notice your sincere aspirations too.