1. Be Open and Honest
Employers need people who they can trust. Be honest with your manager and don’t downplay the situation. Your manager will likely find out all of the gritty details eventually, so it is best that they hear it from you.
2. Be a Problem Solver
Come up with solutions for the problem. Most managers will forgive your mistakes if you are able to correct them. Spare them the hassle of fixing your errors.
3. Work Hard
You need to demonstrate that you understand the severity of your mistake and that you are taking responsibility for it. The best way to do that is to work hard and do whatever is necessary. If this requires you to stay late or to work on the weekend, then it is a good way to show your committment to solving the problem.
4. Don’t Dwell on the Mistake
If you focus on the mistake, so will everyone else. Apologize once, take responsibility, solve the problem, and then move on.
5. Learn From the Mistake
It is okay to make mistakes, but it is not okay to repeat them. Be sure to learn the lesson that the mistake is teaching you. Allow it to make you better at your job.
(Written by Karen Bivand)