“Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to the error that counts.” So said American poet and writer Nikki Giovanni. Mistakes can happen to anyone at any time, including in the workplace. Some errors may seem trivial, but others can have a massive impact on your team or business. Question is: how do you respond when you slip up? Bury your head in the sand . . . or face the music?

Here are some quotes that provide excellent guidance on what to do when you make a mistake at work, as well as additional food for thought:

  • “Mistakes are always forgivable if one has the courage to admit them.” —Bruce Lee

It’s not always easy to own up to your mistakes at work. You might be worried about the potential consequences, such as loss of reputation and trust or even dismissal. In many cases, however, you may actually earn your manager’s respect for having the courage to acknowledge your mistakes.

  • “There are no mistakes or failures, only lessons.” —Denis Whaitley

A mistake provides you with an opportunity to reflect, learn and grow. You may find it useful to explore what happened, why and how so that you can avoid making a similar error again. You can also use the situation to find a solution and set everything straight.

  • Smart people learn from their mistakes. But the real sharp ones learn from the mistakes of others.” —Brandon Mull

Other people make mistakes, too. Next time someone else slips up at work, take a step back and think about what went wrong for them and why. Then consider how you would have acted in their place. Your reflection should provide you with the resources to address a similar situation – differently – in the future.

  • Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” —L.M. Montgomery

Starting each day with a clean slate and positive mindset can do wonders for your confidence and performance at work. Practising self-care, such as eating healthy, staying hydrated and getting a decent night’s sleep can all help boost your morale, reduce anxiety and ensure you are at your best.

Don’t bury your head in the sand next time you make a mistake at work. Own your error, admit it and search for an effective solution. Then take your learnings and move on to a fresh new day where your performance can shine.

For more career advice, contact the professional team at Optimal Recruitment team today on info@optimalrecruitment.com.au or 02 8416 4181.