Made a huge mistake at work on accident. How do I handle this?
January 16, 2013 12:16 PM Subscribe
I made an honest error at work, and people are upset (or more) at me. How do I balance taking responsibility and standing up for myself?
posted by ribboncake to Work & Money (48 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Luckily, there were no serious consequences to this particular event, but that was just luck. Everyone knows I made the initial mistake that could've had more serious consequences, and my boss seems pretty upset because had we not been lucky, our entire team could've been in trouble. We are going to discuss this and I would like advice on how to handle myself.
I do take responsibility for what I've done, but it was an honest error. There was no one to check my work. I feel that though it was my fault, the consequences of one person's error needn't been so serious if there had been proper checks in place. I'm worried that my own neck is on the line, and would like to know how to properly handle myself. How do I balance taking responsibility for something I did versus standing up for myself?
Also, just for background, my boss already believes I don't care enough (which is untrue), which exacerbates the situation. There have been times I've been not a model employee (late to work, slow progress due to some health issues) and my boss seems to pick up on any situation when I slip, though he's been relatively understanding so far.