At sundown on Sept. 18, the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah begins. Ten days later comes Yom Kippur. This period represents a time for Jews to reflect on and repent for their wrongs. Yom Kippur means “day of atonement.”
Regardless of your faith, September marks a good time to seek forgiveness from people in your workplace whom you have mistreated. By admitting wrongdoing or expressing regret for your inappropriate behavior, you begin the process of healing.
When addressing past mistakes, be blunt. If you’re uncomfortable, you may find yourself giving a roundabout apology. But babbling can cause more confusion as the listener wonders what you’re really trying to say.
After you make your point, stop talking. Let your words sink in. Some people may be so startled by your comments that they remain quiet for a few seconds. Don’t feel obliged to fill the silence.
These conversations are rarely easy. And there’s no guarantee that others will accept your contriteness and you’ll both smile and shake hands. But clearing the air will surely make you feel better.