Survey Results Provide Insight to Blame Game at Work

Have you ever taken one for the team?

According to a new OfficeTeam survey, 30 percent of senior managers who participated indicated they accepted blame in the office for something that wasn’t exactly their doing.

Many of them said so because they felt related to the problem even if it was indirectly and others simply didn’t want their employees to get in trouble.

The survey developed by the staffing service was conducted by an independent research firm. More than 1,000 senior managers were interviewed via phone.

Robert Hosking, the executive director of OfficeTeam, stated in the press release, “It’s best to accept responsibility when you’ve made a mistake at work. However, sometimes professionals feel compelled to take the blame for something they didn’t do.  Depending on the infraction, being the scapegoat only hurts your own reputation.”

So, how can you deal with the blame game while also picking your battles? They offer some advice.

For starters, admit when you’re wrong. Acknowledge your mistake and move on. It’s more honest and certainly more effective to come clean from the start rather to pin the blame on someone else or cover up the faux pas.

Secondly, move on! Instead of pointing fingers, work on a solution. Resolve the situation and learn from the problem to prevent it from happening in the future.

And lastly, stick up for yourself. If you’re constantly getting blamed or covering up for an employee, you may be taken advantage of. Your performance will start looking shaky and the person who made the error will probably continue to make more of them.