Let’s be honest: Everyone and their mom has messed up at work. It’s a natural thing to happen, and will probably occur more times than you’d like to admit.
According to a survey conducted by Censuswide for LinkedIn, 54 percent of working professionals admit to committing a “career fumble,” including having never responded to an email (17 percent), cried in the office (17 percent), overslept (15 percent) or forgotten to follow up after a meeting (12 percent).
While these minor mistakes are usually just hiccups, they can negatively impact your reputation if you don’t handle them in a professional way.
But how exactly should you navigate mistakes at work? Should you overly apologize, hide underneath your desk and blame the first person you see? While a lot of people have used these tactics, they might make things worse. So before you get back to work, check out these 15 things you shouldn’t say or do when you mess up at the office.