• Meghashree Das

How to handle success and failure at workplace?

Updated: Jun 11

Workplace failure is common procrastination that happens in day to day life. Most of us, at one point in time, have understood the measurement of handling failure and success at the workplace. But the common man's approach sometimes falls short of basic ways through which the complete assessment can be done. Success and failure go hand in hand as they are weights on the same beam balance.


Without failure, success is never a viable option, and people are not empowered to think through and build a deeper understanding. Success may not happen overnight but leaping past failure, learning from mistakes, and applying those into preparation helps to a headstrong and surprising take of events in the future.


Failure happens with the best of us

Intellectually, we acknowledge that even the highest achievers, in their past and present, are costumed to experience failure at the workplace. But human nature is mundane to the crash, which comes down to the path. The average human being has an instinct of being extremely shameful of the failure done at the workplace where they are ashamed of admitting the mistakes which are committed. Failure is a stepping stone towards success, as we have all heard since the start.


Failure is more public than success in the workplace. Or at least, through what we tend to perceive, failure is a norm through which people tend to learn from mistakes. If those same mistakes are committed to time to time, failure becomes constant, and this can resolve to a negative impact.


But with every setting sun, there is always the probability of the sun rising again. And this is why failure is never a constant in someone’s life.

"Failure isn't fatal, but failure to change might be" - John Wooden

How to handle failure at the workplace?


1. Not making it personal

Separating the failure from someone’s identity helps the person to deal with the loss and the constant criticism faced. There is a complete fine line that comes between personal life and workplace balance, and the very reason why failure is needed to be kept at bay. When someone indulges with failure and mixes them with particular life incidents when things go awry, and stress, along with anxiety, kicks in. Micro-mentoring helps everyone to understand the small episodes so that they can be turned into something meaningful. Just like that, mentoring helps a person to interpret workplace failure into success.


2. Improvise, adapt and overcome

'Improvise, adapt, and overcome'- Bear Grylls.

Suspending a feeling of failure is the worst mistake, and this can lead to a lot of overlying health issues. Growth and accepting criticism is a part of workplace culture, and it helps everyone to stay up to date and clear round lines towards their goal.

As Thomas Edison was on his path to inventing the lightbulb, the failure which crashed him was more than 10000 times. "I have found 10,000 ways something won't work. I am not discouraged because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward."- He said to the person who asked about his constant efforts to restart a failure that took him back.


3. Releasing the negative energy

Releasing the negative energy through the form of meditation and yoga helps to tend down workplace failure at some point. Feedback associated with supervisors and understanding where the work went wrong helps in undergoing the procedure of work. Often the fear faced is the deep-rooted emotions that underlie at one point of our life and get triggered when an incident takes place. Feedback is an effective way to kick through failure and moving towards the stepping stone of success.


How to take care of success in the workplace?

Success, as said before, is a part of life, just like a failure. When constant failure becomes a relative struggle to get through, success sweeps in. While progress is a fantastic way to celebrate workplace achievements, there are few ways to handle it.


1. Not telling everyone

Drum rolling everyone about the success achieved can garner a lot of negative attention and, at least, result in a repetitive failure. Success surely is a part of life, and it happens when someone fails/stumble a few ways down the road. Learning from mentors and how they handle success at work can help everyone to learn and take one step at a time. Mentors allow people to understand that the grapevine technique of handling success at work is recommended.


2. Being callous

Even though success has been achieved, getting too insensitive with it can cause a sudden downslope. Carrying the implicit boast of achieving success at work leads to a negative turn of events.


3. Not following better insights

Insights of a company, help people to achieve success in a regulative way. Without following the insights and getting to know what is happening might cause another failure for workers. Legacy shared with the help of insights helps in building proper choices and handled steps that can benefit personally.



At Headstrt, Social Learning Network for Insights, we realize that every passing phase of our life dwells in the uncertainly of both success and failure. We enable users to discover personalized Insights from our network that can help them gain alternate perspectives, clarity of thought, and new ideas to solve a problem. Whenever you come across a great Insight, you are welcome to book a session on your phone with the person, compensate them for their efforts and grow from mutual feedback and progress made towards your goal.

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