Apology Letter to Boss for Poor Performance

By | April 29, 2015

How we fret and sweat buckets when we end up making a blunder at work! The many thoughts that come in our minds can be pure torture – will we be kicked out? Reprimanded? Demoted? Several things plague our minds when we find ourselves in a situation like this. But fretting isn’t going to take us anywhere. We have to get up and do something to make amends for letting things go awry.

Apology letters work. Especially if you have had a pretty good record previously and have only just slipped once. Of course, too many apology letters will not have a positive effect. However, poor performance once, does warrant an apology letter to the boss.

It is important to sound sincere when you write an apology letter. Being apologetic does not only mean stating that you are sorry – it is also about acknowledging your mistake and intending to do something to make sure it doesn’t happen again. A little explanation is a good idea when writing an apology letter. While you do not really need to get into the details of why you performed poorly, you do owe it to your boss to explain a little bit why things went awry.

What follows is a sample apology letter to a boss from an employee who has performed poorly:

Apology Letter to Boss for Poor Performance


April 29, 2015

Mr. Richard Garcia
Director Sales
746 Melrose Avenue
Seattle, WA 82342


Dear Mr. Garcia:

Mere words cannot describe how apologetic I am for not being able to meet the sales target set for me and my team this year. I have been devastated since I saw the meager amount of revenues that the sales department of VMware has generated in the past 12 months. I understand that this cannot possibly be acceptable to the company – and it is not acceptable to me.

2014 was an exceptionally challenging year where sales were concerned. With such great competition, I realize that we should have done more market research that we did. And that we should have been more sales-driven than we were. There really isn’t any reason that I can provide for this poor performance – it was negligence on my part that helped this situation to transpire.

For this year, I have come up with a fool proof market research and trend analysis strategy, which I am sure will not let what happened last year repeat itself. I am currently working on the strategy module and will share it with you by the end of next week.

I would like to apologize once more and vow to work in a proactive manner, that does not let a situation such as this emerge in the future.

Thank you for your time in reading this.



Adam Lanza
Sales Manager
(000) 999-0000