Earning Your Boss's Trust After A Mistake


By: Paulana Lamonier

We’ve all made a few mistakes at our job. We’re human and it’s bound to happen. But what if you’ve made too many to count? It’s to the point where your boss is starting to micromanage you. They want to proofread your work, make sure that you’re attending meetings on time or they even delegate your work to another colleague. Sound familiar?

With the New Year coming up fast, this is the perfect time to embark on the road to redemption: working your way to gain your boss’ trust back.

We’re not saying it’ll be easy, but with consistency, a lot of elbow grease and these tips, you’ll get back into your boss’ good graces in no time.

1. Have a one-on-one with your boss.

Eat a huge slice of humble pie and own up to what you’ve been doing wrong. If you want a have a good rapport with your boss, get an understanding on how they view your behavior, where you got derailed and the steps you need to take in order to gain back their trust. Ask questions like: What can I do to make your job easier? Is there an area of my job that you’d like to see me improve in?

Asking these types of questions shows your boss that you’re willing to take the initiative to grow and repair your work relationship.

2. Show that you can handle the menial tasks first.

Talk is cheap but actions aren’t. Once you’ve had that one-on-one with your boss, the real grind begins. Follow directions to the letter and show that you’re competent to complete the tasks given.

Realize that regaining your boss’ trust will take time, but don’t lose hope if it takes weeks, months and maybe even years. This is a marathon, not a sprint. Use the conversation you’ve had with your boss to understand your manager’s goals for this role then show how you add value to the team’s success. Moving forward, make sure you’re viewed as an asset and not dead weight.

3. Keep it 100 and put in 100.

It’s simple math: Repetition equals habits which ultimately become behaviors. Now that you’ve owned up to what you did wrong, understand how you lost your boss’ trust and what you can do to gain it back, it’s crucial that you are creating a standard of competency for yourself. You want to make sure that you put 100 percent effort in everything you do. And, if you don’t have a clue as to what you’re doing, be sure to ask questions.

Use this step to also take initiative but start small. Try to anticipate what your boss may ask of you so that you’ll be ahead of the ball. However, don’t overextend yourself to the point you’re appearing to be trying to hard.

4. Don’t rush the process.

For some, the road to redemption may be a quick detour, but for others it may be longer than anticipated. However long it may be, one thing you must realize is to not rush the process. Mending the relationship may be difficult but it isn’t impossible. This type of relationship building is a series of actions that will require constant communication, respect and time with your boss.

Paulana Lamonier is a multimedia journalist & edu-tainer who loves to educate and entertain her audience with compelling stories. She loves Jesus, chocolate and still cries when she watches the ending of 'Set it Off.' Check out her latest updates on her new site, Paulana.co.