Monday, 8 October 2012
Is Your Office Reputation Tarnished?
Be humble. Ok, not my strongest suit. But contrition can work in your favor when you show sincerity. It doesn't mean take crap from bosses or co-workers, but shutting your mouth and getting to work sends a powerful message. It means you are committed to being a good steward for the company. Not a gossiper, a stink starter or a disruption.
Seek out a mentor. Yes, you messed up, but everyone likes to root for the underdog. Seek out a higher up who has always supported you and ask them for their best advice through this crisis. Ask about how to rebuild the relationship with your team, whether there are any new projects you can be a part of or even if this is a good time to consider making the switch to another division or to another company. This last point really depends on the severity of the situation and whether you are being well received.
Move on. It's hard not to play the scenario in your head over and over again. But after a month or two, it's time to refocus, otherwise you will get stuck. Forgive yourself, seek the forgiveness of others and continue to be a person of your word. Your reputation, after all, is counting on it.