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Thread: Is it normal to still commit mistakes during my first month of the job?

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    Is it normal to still commit mistakes during my first month of the job?

    I've been working at this company for a month and I like the challenges and self growth I gained. However, I hate myself whenever I commit mistakes. I feel disappointed every time I commit one. I'm already here working in a month and I really value my job position and the company that's why I'm doing everything to pass my evaluation. Unfortunately, I keep committing errors.

    And every time I commit errors, I feel like my anxiety after work is worsening. I overthink a lot. Right now, all I can think of is that did I do my task right? Then I also forgot to attach one document in a booklet and now it's missing. I don't know if it's really important but my fear keeps eating me.

    All I can think of is my job mistakes. I really wanna remove the anxiety I feel after work. I just feel disappointed at myself that I find it hard to avoid errors.

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    Everyone commits mistakes at work. It happens. Doesn’t matter how long someone has been somewhere.

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    How often are you making mistakes? What type of mistakes are they? Are they preventable?

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    The important thing about mistakes isn't how they happen, but how you handle them.

    Proactive approach is best.

    Forgot to attach a document, and it's already been sent out? Go to your boss, immediately, and admit the mistake, and offer a solution. Don't just wait to be found out. Don't just say, "Uh, sorry, forgot to attach the document, going to lunch now".

    It's important: Go to your boss, proactively, the second you realize your mistake. Offer a solution. If your boss doesn't like your solution, but offers something else, do that, and do it immediately.

    We have a new person that I'm mentoring, and yes, she's making mistakes. One thing that I absolutely detest that she's doing is the "No, I didn't see that email; you didn't send it to me". Um, girl, don't eeeeeeven. It's starting to really piss me off. And yes, I have say in her future.

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    Everyone makes mistakes. Your boss makes mistakes.
    It's best to own up to them as soon as you realise to fix it quickly if possible. Or just apologise.
    Anxiety over making mistakes is going to make more mistakes happen. Try and chill a bit. Take an extra second and a few deep breaths.
    I still get anxiety over mistakes I made in a job ages ago, so I understand the feeling, but worrying isn't going to make it better, like I said it will make it too easy to make more mistakes.
    If you suffer from anxiety generally maybe see a doctor about it. If it's just the new job then try googling calming techniques.
    But remember everyone makes mistakes!!

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    Originally Posted by LHGirl
    The important thing about mistakes isn't how they happen, but how you handle them.

    Proactive approach is best.

    Forgot to attach a document, and it's already been sent out? Go to your boss, immediately, and admit the mistake, and offer a solution. Don't just wait to be found out. Don't just say, "Uh, sorry, forgot to attach the document, going to lunch now".

    It's important: Go to your boss, proactively, the second you realize your mistake. Offer a solution. If your boss doesn't like your solution, but offers something else, do that, and do it immediately.
    As well as this... reflect on WHY you made the mistake, and correct the behavior or get the understanding you need so you don't make the same mistake twice. Making a mistake once? It happens to all of us. Making the same mistake over and over again? Is just being careless.

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    Originally Posted by maew
    As well as this... reflect on WHY you made the mistake, and correct the behavior or get the understanding you need so you don't make the same mistake twice. Making a mistake once? It happens to all of us. Making the same mistake over and over again? Is just being careless.
    I agree with this and with LHGirl and the other commenters -all very helpful. And not all mistakes are created equal. The follow up is what matters, how you act responsibly, how you do damage control. For example, we had an intern over the summer. I emailed her to ask her about a project she was working on that affected something I was working on. She responded a day later, full of apologies for not responding sooner (which was not a mistake, she just thought it was, she'd had a medical appointment and didn't do auto-reply on her email I guess). Her follow up was perfect -she got me the information plus she offered me additional information that might be helpful and concluded with asking if I needed anything else. The impression I came away with was "she goes the extra mile and she really cares about her job."

    Beating yourself up won't help you learn. Channel that energy into figuring out why it happened and how you can prevent it from being repeated.

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    The others have given you great advice.

    Don't sit at home and stress. That does not fix anything. Instead, the minute you realize you made a mistake, go to your supervisor (don't send an email unless your supervisor is not immediately available!) and explain that you made a mistake but that you have done X Y and Z to correct it. Then indicate what you will do to ensure you don't make that mistake again.

    And don't make excuses or place blame. Own your actions!

    When I've made mistakes I've followed this action plan. Every single time I was thanked for my honesty and was praised for not trying to cover it up or make excuses.

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    Well, you have to calm down or you're going to keep making more mistakes. Maybe before you turn something in, you put is aside for a few minutes and then look at it again to make sure you did everything you're suppose to. It's better to take the extra time than to do it quickly and do it wrong.

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    Originally Posted by DanZee
    Well, you have to calm down or you're going to keep making more mistakes. Maybe before you turn something in, you put is aside for a few minutes and then look at it again to make sure you did everything you're suppose to. It's better to take the extra time than to do it quickly and do it wrong.
    Also foster a relationship with a trusted colleague with more experience who you can ask questions of so you don't feel like you're constantly asking your supervisor. Don't overwhelm that person but it helps to spread the love a bit.

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