Like success, failure has its significance because it also offers something to learn. At the workplace, your failure to successfully finish a task doesn’t have to be a loss. The key is to face that disappointment as a learning experience, as it teaches you not to repeat mistakes – only then will you realize the importance of failure.
Faced with failure at your workplace, disappointment would be inevitable. However, the trick is to get back on your feet and ponder over the reasons for your failure. Not only does this build character, it helps you to understand your weaknesses and correct them to make sure success is somewhere down the line. Geniuses like Henry Ford (founder of Ford Motor Company), Walt Disney (owner and creator of production giants Disney Motion Pictures) and Thomas Edison (inventor of the light bulb) did the same to achieve remarkable success.
Dealing with failures at the workplace in an effective manner is deeply affected by the policies of an organization. Many multinationals are extremely cooperative in this regard. Most international leading organizations offer a Performance Improvement Plan, where an employee with inconsistent performance is given three months of added supervision and HR encouragement in order to perform better. Here are some tips that will help you turn your failures into basis for success:
• Look for factors that are the cause of failures – Was there something or someone at the workplace that caused the problem? If so, act accordingly. For example, if a colleague was talkative and disturbed you during a task, tell them politely how important the work is and that you would appreciate a little privacy. If you didn’t have proper equipment or office supplies, talk to your boss. Overly informal office culture can often result in distractions at work; if this is the case, take it up with a superior or ask to be relocated to a quieter work station.
• Was your research thorough? – This is one of the most common reasons of workplace failures and is connected to planning. You should always make sure that you have all the required, relevant information before starting a task or project. Ensure that your plan is well-thought-out and executable. Make sure that you set achievable targets, and that the tasks you undertake are doable and practical.
• Analyze different approaches, and stick to one. – Start a project by analyzing it and finding the best way to execute it. Try not to change your methods, as it may be impractical and leads to treating the project as more of an experiment. Consistency is necessary, and it is best to keep working with your original plan of action.
• Take feedback from stakeholders – You might be missing something, and involving a colleague may help you to see things differently and discover the real reason for your failure.
• Finally, discuss with your superiors – Bosses can and do help their subordinates out at difficult times. Superiors are more experienced and can provide a great deal of insight into a problem. Although you may feel uncomfortable about needing assistance, keep in mind that it is better to do something right after asking for help rather than to do it wrong on your own.
If you have had a failure that helped you achieve success, we would be very interested in hearing your success story. By sharing it here; you can inspire some young professionals and help make a difference. As always, if you have any questions or comments, do not hesitate to write to us!