Post # 1
I was supposed to do something last week, I needed the help of a coworker and this coworker kept putting it off and then I never did it. I thought it was ok until 2 of my coworkers called me on Friday (I had already left) to ask if I did it and my answer was no – but it needed to get done for Monday morning. So they went ahead and stayed late doing this. I completely overlooked my calendar, and it really was my mistake. How do I handle this? It has been tormenting me all weekend. I hate being irresponsible. If I would’ve looked at my calendar I definetely would’ve done it.
Post # 3
I would go immediately to the boss’s office Monday a.m. and do a mea culpa.
Apologize profusely, ask what you can do to make up for this and promise it will never happen again. Tell the boss exactly how you plan to make changes to ensure that- i.e set up a reminder on your computer, check your calendar at noon every day while there is still work time avavailable etc.
The best defense can be a good offense.
Post # 4
Also, take full responsibility – do not mention other co-workers.
Post # 5
I would apologize to your co workers too that stayed late.
We all make mistakes. It’s owning your mistake that makes you a grown up.
Best of luck!
Post # 6
Great advice!! Thank you 🙂
Post # 7
i’ll second what others have said – be honest and upfront and apologize, that alone means a lot
Post # 8
@Rouquine: You are right! Thanks