Solutions To Every Horrifying Work Mistake We've All Experienced

Illustrated by Elliot Salazar.

By Molly Triffin

Once a year, an organization I work with holds a daylong retreat to focus on strategic planning and big-picture goals. I marked the date on my calendar: November 10 at 9 a.m. But that morning, I pulled up to the CEO’s house to find an empty driveway and dark windows. With a sinking feeling, I grabbed my phone and opened the reminder email for the meeting — that had taken place on November 9. I immediately called the CEO to apologize, and although she was very nice about it, I felt so unprofessional.

“The first thing to do when you make a mistake is to acknowledge it and apologize, then look at what went wrong so you can prevent it from happening again,” says Richie Frieman, Modern Manners Guy and author of Reply All…and Other Ways to Tank Your Career.

“After that, get over it. People often harp on their errors, which holds them back from success; remind yourself that one hiccup is not going to break your career” — especially if you follow these tips for bouncing back from these common on-the-job slip ups.