Messed up at work? Here’s how you fix it


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Not receiving a glowing performance review can be a bitter pill to swallow, but if you’ve not actually done anything to deserve a great review, then it shouldn’t be much of a surprise. Instead of burying your head in the sand, take on board these top career tips to change things around, and get right back into your boss’s good books.

If you miss deadlines

Let’s face it, work would be far easier if we didn’t have deadlines. We could take as much time as we needed to deliver an amazing project and not have to worry about late nights or early mornings to get things done. Unfortunately, for most of us, this just isn’t a reality. Deadlines are there for a reason, usually because a client needs something before a certain date, or your boss doesn’t want you working far too long on a project (particularly if they are being paid a fixed fee for the work). Anyway, no matter the reason for the deadlines, if you are missing them then there’s a problem and you need to resolve it.

The first thing you need to do is look at your schedule, if you can see that you have lots of work and things are getting a little too ‘heavy’ then tell your line manager, before you drop the ball. If you do end up missing something, fess up immediately. Don’t leave it until someone comes to you – by then the damage is done! Take responsibility and work hard to fix the problem.

You’ve under-delivered

The saying ‘procrastination is the thief of time’ has never been truer when it comes to getting your work done to a high standard. Taking time out to check your phone, read personal emails or just to do anything that isn’t your job is killing your productivity, and it’s just going to cause you more stress later down the line when it’s time to catch up. The best way to beat procrastination is to block all forms of time-wasting temptation. Use things like Strict Workflow, Forest or Freedom to block out any apps or websites that steal your time, so you can get on and work without distraction.

You’ve had an argument

We all lose our tempers from time to time, we’re only human! But to do so at work can be incredibly damaging not only to your work relationships but also your career in general. Arguing at work can undo all your efforts to create a solid reputation and it can be hard to build that back up. This is especially amplified if you’ve had a confrontation with a customer. If you’re in this situations the first step is to make an assessment – it can be difficult to set your emotions aside, but you’ll need to step back and see if you are actually in the right or not. Even if there is no clear right or wrong, taking the upper ground is always going to make you come out better than holding a grudge. Where possible, you need to apologise and take on board their comments. If there are things that you can action, do so. If not, try to draw a line under the discussion, and move on.

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