How to Deal With Work-Related Errors and Wrong Attitudes at Work Exposed
If you make a mistake at work and get yelled at by a boss, do not deny it
Facing workplace reality
Fact: There is no such thing as a perfect employee. Every employee (except robots in the car factories) are flesh and blood and apt to be late for work, take an extra five minutes for lunch and so forth. That goes with working for an office or factory. These thing are not real crimes such as embezzling the company books or sabotaging a new client. "These" infractions are grounds for termination.
I'm not here to lecture you about work ethics. All I am pointing out is every mortal employee is liable to make honest mistakes and fail now and then. So there is no use in getting bent all out of shape. Just let me add that I wish I "could" get bent all IN shape," because I can afford to lose some poundage due to the "free" cookies I help myself to in my "office" here at home.
Do you have people like this at your workplace?
Let's get down to the harsh truth
With all the job-talk being said, let me ask you working people this question: "How do you handle the situation when the boss somehow catches you in a job-related error?" I would hope that your answer is: "You are right, 'Mr. Forthwright.' I was at fault. I am not going to make excuses. Just blame me." That, my friend, is a very noble answer. If you would answer like this, you should be honored for not many of today's workforce would answer in such a truthful way.
Now let's move to the "flip side" of the record and talk briefly about . . .
Wrong Ways to Deal With Job-Related Errors and Wrong Attitudes in The Workplace
- When you are late for work, telling the truth to the boss before he comes to you to ask, "Jenkins,' you were half an hour late. Why?" Just walk up politely to your boss and say, "Mr. Jenkins,' I am sorry for being late. I overslept. I am sorry." The worst thing he will say to you is: "Haw, haw. "Don," just stop by KMart on the way home and buy yourself a good alarm clock."
- Do not say: "Uhh, 'Mr. Jenkins,' the reason I was late was I was held hostage by a drug-crazed escaped convict who wanted drugs from me." Your boss is not a fool and you doing this is an open-insult to his intelligence, and the boss figures that if you would lie about being a few minutes late, you would lie about bigger things.
- If you are working on a huge, important project with two other coworkers and the Quality Inspector catches a glitch in how it turns out, do not say, "Awww, that error. Haw, haw. That was your fault, "Dobie." I told you several times to do it my way." What a sucky attitude. And besides being sucky, it is wrong to naturally-assume it was "Dobie," the new guy's fault. Just say, "Mr. Jenkins,' I believe that costly-error was all my fault. I had my mind on the bonus I was going to make on this work and just let my blueprint work slide. I take responsibility."
- One day, your company owner pays a surprise visit. You and the rest of the office staff, out of respect, stop working. He notices and appreciates the respect. Then all of the employees but YOU go back to their work. You do a masterful-job of sucking-up to the "big man," by taking him to the break room to buy him a fresh cup of coffee, bring him the daily paper to read, and ask him if he needs to know anything about the office. What do you call what you are doing? "Butt-kissing," in order to get special favors from the owner. How low can you get? Do not play the "Yes man," anytime at work and especially when the company owner shows-up. Why? The owner is laughing at you behind your back for fearing him. And saying things about you like this: "That stupid 'Junkins,' or, 'Jenkins,' he would wipe my behind in the restroom if I asked him too. What an idiot."
- Prior to the company owner showing-up, DO NOT run to him like a hungry hound back from a night hunt just to tattle to him about "Bob," your coworker who borrowed $5.00 from petty cash to get his lunch because his ex-wife literally cleaned him out in the divorce settlement. "Bob," has enough trouble to deal with without you, "Mr. Tattle Tongue," adding to his problems. Besides, the office manager felt pity on 'Bob," and gave him the five-bucks. See how big of a jackass you can make of yourself if you play the role of "Mr. Tattle Tongue?"
- Carefully watching your fellow employees to document their mistakes is so asinine. The Cold War has been over a long time. And you being a "super spy" is not benefiting anyone. Did you also think that by spying on employees then spilling the facts to the boss that the boss will think YOU are a Russian spy selling company secrets to foreign competition. Understand, "Vlademeir?"
- When the company picnic rolls around, DO NOT "kiss-up" to the boss and forsake your wife and three kids. This is a silly action on your behalf and guess what? The boss could care less about YOUR so-called inventive ideas about how you could make your division more productive. He already knows ways to increase productivity that will make your face pale with embarrassment.
- DO NOT buy your boss or C.E.O. an expensive Christmas present and deprive your three kids of having a great Christmas.
- Inviting your boss to have Christmas dinner with you and the family is a nice gesture, but odds are he will decline before you get finished with the list of what dishes you will have at lunch. And besides, you and your family are going to your wife's parents' home this year for Christmas dinner. The drive to their home is a good 12-hour drive, so you best not do things to tire you out such as running your mouth to the boss.
- When your Christmas vacation days are over, DO NOT be the first one to be at work just so your coworkers will think you are the most-dedicated employee in the entire company. And please do not lie and tell the boss that you worked three of the five Christmas vacation days on company clients who were past due in their payments.
- You are not "Forrest Gump," so please do not run everywhere you need to be in the office. When the boss motions for you to come to his office, do not break your neck by trying to set a new land/office record by running to see what he wants. But if you want to entertain your coworkers, by all means keep up the running. They need somethiing to lift their spirits.
- And THIS is THE LOWEST thing you can do. This one far-surpasses all of the useless things above. When your wife and kids drop-by your office to surprise you and see if you want to have lunch with them . . .DO NOT be a moron and yell, "You are not supposed to be here! Are you stupid?" at her and the kids who are happy to see their dad because they are all in bed when you get home from work. If you resort to doing THIS heartless thing, you deserve to be fired and "dressed-down" by the boss.
I promise you, the working people, if you follow this list and DO NOT DO these foolish things, you will go far in the company and as a bonus, reading this list will help you as the boss one day to spot suck-up's like "Jenkins" in this story.