We all have. Personally, socially and professionally. It’s what you learn from your mistakes that makes you a better person, a better friend, and a better employee.

Work setbacks are simply a learning opportunity that can ultimately help you grow both personally and professionally. Failure makes you innovative, and missteps should force employees to think creatively about how they handle things in the future to get the results they want. Additionally, when you experience challenges at work, you often learn more about yourself than you would during times of accomplishment. As a manager, the adversity and setbacks you faced will help you connect with your team in a meaningful way. Sharing stories of your failures with others will make you more approachable and relatable to your team.

When you go on an interview, be up-front about mistakes that were made but highlight what you learned and how you grew from making those mistakes. That shows the interviewer your quality of character, willingness to improve and dedication to your job. Those are qualities that all employers are looking for in a candidate.

By Megan Cashion | People Science Talent Advisor II