Workplaces are popular places for temper flares. Stress, impending deadlines and peer pressure can make us go off the handle at times. Bad behavior is not really excusable – you have to take control of the situation without losing your temper. However, if such a situation has transpired where you happened to lash out at someone (we hope it wasn’t your boss!), you might consider making amends for what you did.
Writing a letter as opposed to saying sorry in person, is a great way of making it felt that you are feeling bad about what you did. Letters are concrete – as a written message, they are deemed serious. By simply saying sorry, you may be forgiven but it may not seem too professional – or serious.
When you write an apology letter for bad behavior, you need to keep a few things in your head. Do not put the blame on someone else, even if someone else is to be blamed. An apology letter is not about who was wrong – it is about how you were wrong. Explain the situation that led to you behaving badly. But do not make excuses. Make sure that you do not sound defensive.
The following sample letter used as an example to apologize your employer for bad behaviour:
Shawn @ engiliy . com
December 11, 2015
Mr. Alan Dunn
852 Park Road
Fairmont, WV 85321
Dear Mr. Dunn:
I have been mulling over the incident that occurred at the marketing meeting last Friday and I must admit that I am ashamed of the way that I reacted to the situation. While the situation wasn’t too savory, I know I should have kept myself cool and react more maturely. I apologize for my behavior and vow that I will keep my temper in check in future.
Having worked at Engility Corporation for over 6 years now, I am exceptionally loyal to the company and would never deliberately do anything to sabotage my relationship with it. My angry response was perhaps a human reaction brought on by a feeling of injustice. Nonetheless, I agree that it was uncalled for, as the situation could have easily been handled in a more professional manner.
Please provide me with another chance to prove that I can work on the principles of “mind over matter” when my work is concerned. Once again, I ask for pardon and assure that I have the company’s best interests at heart.