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Managing Mistakes In The Workplace - C&L ;

Failure is never (and should never be) an option, but sometimes it still occurs. In the workplace, mistakes are often more noticeable, as your work is scrutinised by people who depend on you to do what you were hired for. This article will provide a few tips on how to avoid or reduce mistakes in the workplace (as well as the associated embarrassment).

  • The number one way to reduce the number of mistakes you make is to upskill yourself. A lot of mistakes are made due to ignorance (i.e. not being able to do a job properly due to not being fully qualified to do it). The more you know about your work, the better you’ll be equipped to do it (and do it well).
  • Another way you can reduce the frequency of mistakes is to ask questions whenever you can. This will keep you informed of the specific requirements of a project or a piece of work. Make sure you know what is expected of you before you tackle a project – this will ensure that you start off the project on the right foot and with more knowledge.
  • Not all mistakes are due to ignorance, however. Some mistakes may occur due to negligence. The only way to mitigate this issue is to review or evaluate your own work, constantly. Always double-check your work for accuracy and make sure it conforms to (or even exceeds) your company’s standards.
  • Don’t leave your work until the last minute! This will only increase your stress levels and will lead to even more mistakes than might have occurred otherwise.
  • Mistakes can also occur due to fatigue, burnout, or emotional distress, which in turn may further exacerbate negligence (as mentioned above). It is thus important to take frequent breaks from your computer screen (or other work) and to get sufficient rest when you get home.
  • A healthy body equals a healthy mind, so it is also worth noting that healthy habits like exercise and healthy eating will give your body and your brain the boost it needs to function optimally. This will also help to reduce stress and fatigue.
  • Finally, it is important to reduce or eliminate distractions around you. This includes (but is certainly not limited to) switching off your phone, limiting office talk to when you don’t have work that requires your full concentration, and clearing your desk of unnecessary clutter.

C&L Skills Management has a wide variety of professional courses and short courses on offer that can help you upskill and reduce possible mistakes in your workplace. We specialise in the upskilling and training of individuals, as well as delivering organisation-specific development programmes. All our courses are SETA-accredited and registered, and we have dedicated learner support systems and quality content delivery systems.

For more information, contact us at ciskad@clskillsmanagement.co.za.