Let’s face it. There will be times when we make significant mistakes and mess up our work. When it happens, it can affect our coworkers’ trust in us and our relationship with our managers for the worse. If you do not act immediately, you may end up with broken credibility and find it hard to recover from the damage your mistakes made.

Fortunately, there are ways you can slowly rebuild your credit after a significant mistake at work. Here are eight great ideas you can do to start restoring your credibility with your coworkers and managers:

Acknowledge You Made A Mistake

When you make a mistake and mess up, don’t be afraid to own up to it. By owning up to your mistakes, you give your colleagues the impression that you are aware of your actions and ready to make up for them.

Discuss Why You Made A Mistake

For some, it can be hard to admit one’s mistake and discuss why it happened because it may make others think they are just making excuses for their actions. However, when you talk about your mistakes and why they happened, you will be able to determine whether the error is an isolated incident and find ways to prevent it from happening again.

Be Organised

Sometimes, we make mistakes because we are not focused on our work and focused on something else. It can be seen in how you sort out your desk and the way you do your tasks.

Before doing your tasks, make sure that you prepare yourself accordingly and organise your desk and workflow to improve your productivity.

Reach Out To Your Colleagues For Assistance Or Get Their Feedback

When you admit that you made a mistake, don’t be afraid to seek help from your colleagues and get their feedback on preventing yourself from making the same mistake. With their input and support, you will see what you did wrong and find ways to improve.

Don’t Panic

If you made a mistake, don’t panic! Panicking will only disable you from thinking about the error and mitigating its impacts. When you notice the mistake, stop, take a deep breath and let your mind relax.

Once you are relaxed, tell yourself that you are not alone and others make mistakes too. Remind yourself that you can fix it and avoid making the same mistake in the future with the help of your colleagues and by working hard. 

Work Hard, Work Smart

If you want to show that you are doing better, work hard. Improve your productivity, and don’t be afraid to do extra work.

Your coworkers and manager will understand that you are trying your best and focus on your current actions, not on your mistakes. However, make sure that you don’t overdo it and accept only the tasks you can do because you may end up doing a paltry job for these tasks.


Making a mistake is unavoidable, especially with how hectic work can be at times. When we do make a mistake, we must own it and show that we will do our best to prevent the same mistakes in the future.

It will also improve how people see you and give them reassurance that you can be trusted. It may take a while, but if you give it your all, your efforts will be rewarded, and your credibility will recover.

Want to be productive at work and say no to overtime? Check out these tips:
8 Steps to Digital Productivity 
How to Stop Yourself from Complaining About Work
6 Great Work Habits That Can Help You In Your Career

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19 replies on “8 Ways to Rebuild Your Credibility After Messing Up at Work

  1. I have mess up my opportunity to become a teacher by constantly not performing well at my examination an assignments and I’m 42 years old, I feel like I’m wasting my time even though I love teaching so much and the age thing is not helping either

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    1. Perhaps you can explore different ways to teach. Being a teacher doesn’t mean in the confines of a classroom. You can be a tutor, mentor or coach and still fulfill your desire and passion to teach.


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