Concerns about the overuse of “Sorry” in the workplace, have left some people confused (dare we say, “jaded”) about how and when to sincerely apologize.
Apologizing for everything including things that don’t warrant a response can signal a character flaw of untruthfulness; in fact, such insincerity has been dubbed “a backhanded apology” or a “nonpology”. However, NOT apologizing in a situation when it IS necessary expands the breach between you and the other party.
For incidents that truly warrant an apology, make every effort to genuinely express regret.
That said, apologies take on a different energy in the workplace…corporate culture may have a lot do with it.
Keep these three ideas in mind for workplace apologies:
1) Apologize as soon as possible. Rectifying the issue quickly enables all parties involved to move forward instead of unnecessarily brooding over the matter.
2) Own what happened. Taking responsibility for what occurred will open the door to empathy. Avoid explanations that may be perceived as a defense mechanism…it could lead to a debate which could completely derail the apology.
3) Discuss with those who were offended what you learned from the mistake. Doing so will demonstrate that you have the capacity to evolve and that you won’t make the same mistake again. Make sure your discussion and the apology are concise.
In the comments below, share your tips for crafting the perfect workplace apology and don’t forget…make it a great day!
To paraphrase Merriam-Webster, the act of people-pleasing is driven by a myriad of psychological motivators and saying “yes” when you really want to say “no”.
Here’s why people-pleasing is a detriment to your company’s growth:
* On the surface, a people-pleaser may give the appearance that all is well, however, he/she actually may be overwhelmed, stressed, and on the verge of burnout leading to costly errors and omissions which will evenutally impact the profit margin.
* The tendency to give everything to others coupled with fear or disappointment will drive a people-pleaser to over-commit and land up falling short of meeting client expectations.
* Because they operate from a space of sacrifice, resentment can grow if management does not acknowledge their sacrifices or offer “acceptable levels of praise”.
For these reasons, it is important for supervisors to pay careful attention to all employees’ non-verbal cues. Make a point to be empathetic and to encourage employees to give self-care. Foster a company culture that rewards extraordinary efforts for all employees.
A myriad of professionals have opined the answer to business success. A sure answer to business failure is trying to please everybody.
Let’s talk. We welcome your input for managing people-pleasers in the comment section below.
In the meantime, make it a great day!
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What’s one of the best ways to foster creativity and growth in the workplace? Dismantling silos and building internal bridges.
Members of various corporate C-Suites are beginning to recognize that silos are a major factor that prevent companies from hitting growth and profit targets. Not only that, they understand that silos are partially responsible for key employees not reaching their full potential and losing them to competitors.
The term ‘silo’ has been used in the corporate arena for the last 30 years. It is borrowed from what we know as farm silos which store grain for farmers. When you look at farm silos, they have no windows, they have limited points of entrance, and in older silos, the grain cannot be easily extracted. How ironic. The instrument that is used to store a product to sell at a later date for profit is the same instrument that obstructs the full life and fervor of the farm. The same is true when applied to companies.
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The days of companies relying on the customer service department to manage every complaint and challenge are all but completely gone. Businesses are most effective when employees in every department have the same facts on hand to solve problems quickly and efficiently and to do it accurately on initial contact. Doing so will reduce irritation and foster a healthier business/client relationship (I think we all know that transferring clients from one department to the next only exacerbates the problem).
Let’s be honest, it’s all about management and employees working in sync and keeping the lines of communication open and silos torn down.
As a side note, I’d like you to consider this thought: when asking, “How was the service?” and the client says, “Fine”, you may have a problem on your hands. “Fine” can mean, “The service was on point” or it could mean “I’m never going to return to your store”. On the internet I found a funny phrase on posters and quote boards that support my claim that the word “fine” has a double meaning. It says, “Fine is not fine! The scale goes Great, Good, Okay, Not Okay, I Hate You, Fine!”.