We all make mistakes, but some have a lingering effect and threaten to damage our reputations permanently. If your reputation is down in the dumps, follow this advice to rebuild it.
Change negative behaviors. If you want to shed a bad rep, you must stop doing whatever it is that got you there. Be ethical, show integrity and behave in a way that garners trust and respect.
Share. Share your time, resources, information and knowledge. Always ask “How can I help?” You’ll be known as a team player.
Offer helpful advice—when it’s requested. You shouldn’t run around telling everyone how to do their jobs. However, when people ask you for your feedback or share their problems with you, offer them thoughtful, valuable advice that actually helps them.
Be reliable. Do what you say you are going to do. Be consistent. Prove to people that they can count on you.
— Adapted from “15 Simple Ways to Improve Your Reputation in the Workplace,” Forbes Coaches Counsel, Forbes, www.forbes.com.