8 Effective Ways To Handle Failure At Work!

Posted August 27, 2014 by
Young, female office worker suffering from headache or stress

Young, female office worker suffering from headache or stress. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Who hasn’t heard ‘I want this done today!’ from their employer at least once in a day, or at least a lifetime? There is not a single employee who does not feel under pressure with the tight deadlines, hectic work schedules, low salaries or no work-bonuses etc. Be it a fresh graduate or an experienced employee, facing failures at the workplace is normal. But what matters the most is the ability to deal with the stress in the most civilised manner.

Take a look at the following ways to deal with criticisms and failures at workplace without going insane:

1.    Build Your Self Confidence

A successful person is the one who does not let one failure stop his ability to move forward. Do not feel down or ashamed about facing a failure at the workplace. Get up, learn from it and move forward. Believe in yourself and always give yourself a second chance no matter what.

2.   Keep Calm And Face The Reality

Do not show an offensive attitude or become harsh towards others on your failures. Facing failures and accepting criticism is very important in professional environments. Keep in mind that your work is no child’s play. Things can go wrong as the pressure builds up but that does not mean that it is the end of the world.

3.   Do Not Fear Gossip

You have failed at a task, so what? Never care how others see your failures. There are some people who try to make feel others down whereas they make thousands of mistakes themselves. Do not worry if people gossip about you or judge you, as long as you work on your mistakes.

4.   Do Not Allow Others To Tell On You

You are a human being and you may make a mistake, but do not give an opportunity to others to tell on you. The biggest part of dealing with failures at the workplace is to admit that you made a mistake and facing the consequences. Report, apologize and admit your own mistake with the concerned authority. Discuss how they want you to rectify it and perform from that point onwards.

5.    Commit To What You Can Deliver

You face failures when you fail commitments. Whether it is your boss or your customer, do not promise the things you cannot do within the given time. However, give them the assurance of fixing the problem or completing the task in whatever way you can and as soon as you can.

6.    Work On The Factors Leading To Failures

If you are unable to complete a project, analyze the reasons behind its failure. Sharpen your skills if you reach to the conclusion that it was due to your own doing. If the factor is not in your control, like extreme weather situations creating hindrances in completion of any outdoor project or office politics going nasty, then come up with suitable measures according to the nature of the situations.

7.    Treat The Failure As An Opportunity

Learn to admit the shortcomings, as this is the only way that you can overcome the failures. Treat it as an opportunity that is given to you to rectify your style of working. Every failure provides a reality check on the performance of the employee. You need to assess your professional capabilities and working habits. Remember, every failure teaches us to become better.

8.   Consult A Therapist Or Colleagues

If everything else fails, consult your therapist. Being an expert in his field, a therapist may provide you with useful suggestions to handle the failure at the workplace. You can also consult your colleagues and team members. Listen to their experiences and take help from how they handled similar failures.

Stress and anxiety due to workplace failures can be bad for both the mental and physical health of the employees. One should try to learn and handle the workplace failures in order to stay positive and successful.

Sharen Stuart is an executive at Dissertation Mall, a company that offers dissertation proposal writing help in the UK. She’s a multi-talented person having both passion and skills in fields like writing, designing and painting.

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