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Putting things right at work.


A lot of career related literature offers to help those who have been done wrong in the workplace, but what about the literature that advises you when you’re the wrongdoer. It can be daunting to wait for your fate regarding misconduct at work, but there are ways you can be proactive about this.

Honesty is always the best policy
Lying and backstabbing always comes back to haunt you. It can make people depend on you when you’re incapable, it can put obstacles in the way of teamwork and it can seriously damage your reputation. When something has gone wrong, admit to everything you can and be honest, but respectful with your opinion. Transparency makes it easier for your boss to find a solution and recover the workplace.

Always act calmly
Anything done in a fit of rage or with revenge in mind is reckless. Revenge can dissipate with distance from the perceived traitor, and rage stops you thinking logically. Professionalism is key to keeping the trust of others and proving you think of the company before yourself. Above all, irrationality can show selfishness, the most unattractive quality in a colleague. We are all stressed and we all have our problems, so be mindful of this.

Never burn the bridges
It’s always best to try and put things right at work because leaving it unresolved means abandoning a contact and gaining a bad reference. Throughout our careers we are constantly progressing, and progress requires learning and moving on from other people. You need to acknowledge the role that others play in your professional life, because kicking people on your way up makes for bad karma if you ever find yourself falling back down.

Acknowledge what is best for the whole team
Sometimes, the company needs to come before you. If in this instance you have a share of responsibility towards things going wrong, be accepting of the punishment. If you show that you’re willing to take one for the team, it brings you back on a level playing field rather than moving you down. We all make mistakes and sometimes accepting the consequences is the best way to move forward. If it comes to a head that you may need to quit, quit. It’s better to depart on good terms, than insist you stay despite others’ feelings.

Don’t beat yourself up for stepping out of line, because everybody does it. Understandably, it’s hard to accept if this is your first time. It’s called a learning curve, because we eventually move upwards from the low peak. Take a valuable lesson from the experience and be positive about the future. To learn about the skills you need to thrive at work watch our expert Video Moods series.


This article was contributed by Pink Moods.

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