You Screwed Up At Work. Now What?
It’s tricky to navigate the working world. And it seems that we’ve all been in these sorts of situations before. So before you freak out over your first (or 100th) stuff up, we have expert advice that will guide you through any #FML moment. You’re welcome.
Situation #1: Your boss asks you a question and you draw a blank
Jane Lowder, career coach and founder of Max Coaching (maxcoaching.com.au), has faith in you. “Chances are that you know the answer but have been caught off guard,” she says.
TACTIC: COVER UP
Jane says to “Take a deep breath and calmly respond with a delaying question such as, ‘I’d be happy to check up on that and come back to you as soon as possible’ or even ‘I’m finalising an urgent task, can I come back to you on this?’” This way, you’ll be covering your butt for a tad longer. “It also indicates that you’ve taken it on board and are actively working to respond quickly,” she adds.