How to Apologize to Your Boss –
We, humans, are not perfect, we sometimes make mistakes but it is only natural to apologize, if this time you upset your boss, and you don’t know how to apologize, here are a few tips on what you could do to earn his forgiveness
Communicate at the Appropriate Time
Timing is key, if you go to apologize when your boss isn’t in a good mood, busy, or uncomfortable then it might not work, figure out when you both are free and comfortable for this discussion.
Express your sincerity
Your apology should come with utmost sincerity, being sincere shows how much your role means to you and how ready you are to accept your mistakes, doing this will help build a trust and good work relationship.
Acknowledge what happened
Assuring your boss that you understand and acknowledge your actions will go a long way toward your apology, accepting and acknowledging what happened and what you did will make your boss know how responsible you are.
You’ve apologized and now it is your boss’s turn to say what is on his mind, listen to him, even if the urge to interrupt seeps in, flush it out, listening without interruption will help him forgive and accept your apology.
Don’t blame anyone else, accept and be accountable for your part, saying sorry will go a long way for you, if you fail to complete a project apologize and be accountable don’t blame others or try to find a way to justify your mistake.
Be honest in your explanation
Apologizing is one thing, but being honest is a whole other thing, it’s best to be honest when explaining your mistakes and causes of upsetting your boss if you are forgiven for a dishonest explanation, when the truth comes out you might end up fired.
After apologizing your boss might not be ready to forgive you yet, don’t pressure him to just give him time, and while doing that figure out ways to amend your ways and mistakes, this gesture might push him to forgive you eventually.
Concentrate on what you learned
When apologizing it is best to communicate what you learned during the period, this helps to make your boss realize how intentional you are, don’t only communicate what you learned but practice it too.
Help Your Boss to Find Solutions
Depending on the gravity of your mistakes, your journey on apologizing doesn’t end with an apology, seek solutions to help your boss even if it means staying after work hours, it just shows how responsible you are.
Ask for constructive feedback
After asking for forgiveness, and helping to find solutions, you don’t just relax, ask feedback regarding the solutions you offered and know your progress. This will give you more insight into what you are doing and for future reference.
Promise that it won’t happen again
After apologizing, best to promise that it won’t repeat itself again, this gives your boss assurance that it won’t happen again and also trust you.
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