I’ve been in the professional workplace for almost a decade now. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that the fastest way to lose respect is to lie to cover up mistakes. Better yet, blame someone else for your mistake.

One woman went pretty far in blaming my now-former team of her eff-up. That was a couple years ago and to this day, I don’t trust her. I don’t work with her much anymore, but when I do I CC anyone who could even potentially be involved on that email. I want a paper trail. To be fair, maybe if we worked together more, I’d learn to trust her again, but I don’t go out of my way to work with her, so when I do, my guard is up.

On the other hand, the fastest way to earn my respect is to early on admit to a mistake and fix it without taking anyone else down in the process. Maybe that means going out of your way to apologize or jumping on a solution to make it right. I think it’s hard to admit you were wrong, so when people do, they earn my admiration.

There’s no reason to stress about it. We’re under pressure to do a lot in a short amount of time. We’re all human. Humans make mistakes. No biggie. Just don’t throw others under the bridge.

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