Does your Boss give you the finger of blame instead of a hand on the back?

Everyone makes mistakes. A person who never made a mistake, never made anything. That is not to say that you can make mistakes all the time without redress, but there will be a time when you make a mistake. There is nothing wrong with that. We all need to 'Take it on the chin' when it is our place to do so. However, the manner in which your mistakes are pointed out to you should be done in a tactful manner by your Boss.

What your Boss should not do is call you out in public. Do you feel as though you are publically flogged when things go wrong, strung up in front of your colleagues? A good Boss will know that public embarrassment is not the way to deal with your mistakes.


The right way to give feedback


Your Boss should take you to the side in private and quietly explore the mistake, giving you a hand on the back to support and say,


We all need to 'Take it on the chin' when it is our place to do so. However, the manner in which your mistakes are pointed out to you should be done in a tactful manner by your Boss.

"Look, it is ok. We all make mistakes. Let's see what we can do to understand why this mistake happened, what we can learn from it and what can we do differently in future". Note the use of the word 'We' and not 'you'.

So which do you experience from your Boss? Do they give you the hand or the finger?