Misconduct at the workplace is a complete no – but if you have been rude to your employer or have done something that may classify as misconduct, it is your duty to apologize to him. And what better way to apologize than through a letter? A letter of apology can make things a bit better for you in a workplace that may seem too rosy after your outburst. However, it is important to write it well so that your apology is received and understood correctly.
So what qualifies as misconduct? You could have been rude to your boss or a coworker or you might have unknowingly made a racist remark. In any case, you need to make amends for it by apologizing. Your letter should obviously have an apologetic tone and be very concise and to the point. It is important to give reasons for your misconduct so that the person who was at the receiving end, will understand why you behaved the way you did. However, going into too much detail may actually seem as if you were explaining too much and make you look guilty. Just write as much as is necessary to get your point across.
Here is a sample letter of apology for misconduct to an employer for your reference:
March 18, 2015
ABM Industries Inc.
456 New Commercial Road
Clewiston, FL 62899
Dear Mr. Ferret:
I have been pondering over the unfortunate series of events that prevailed at the sales meeting yesterday – the more I think about it, the guiltier I feel about my part in it. While there should be no excuse for making a racist remark, I feel that I must explain why it happened.
I respect Ms. Gloria Finn immensely – over the ten years that we have worked together, we have developed a relationship where we often poke fun at each other. Poking fun was all that was my intention yesterday and I was sure she would take it in good humor. The sales meeting had already been a tense affair and I wanted to lighten the mood. I had no intention of degrading her or making fun of her in front of other colleagues. I realize that even though my intention wasn’t wrong (and Ms. Finn did take it in good faith), a sales meeting was an inappropriate place to joke.
Please accept my sincerest apologies for my misconduct. I have written a separate apology to Ms. Finn as well. I hold everyone I work with at ABM Industries Inc. in the highest of respect and would never wish to hurt them.
Thank you very much for your consideration.
ABM Industries Inc.