Tips For Bouncing Back As A Business After Failure

Tips For Bouncing Back As A Business After Failure

No one likes to fail and that is particularly the case when it comes to business. Failing as a business is on a whole new scale of embarrassment, especially as it can feedback to the rest of the industry. Not only that but when someone fails within the business, it can feel as though they’ve made a mistake and let the business down.

However, when it comes to business and life in general, it’s important to remember that mistakes are a part and parcel of life. We’re only human and when it comes to failure, it’s often due to a lack of knowledge or something that could have been avoided and picked up on sooner.

Instead of being ruthless and chastising those responsible, here are some healthy tips to bounce back as a business after failure.

Be honest and transparent 

As a business, it’s good, to be honest, and transparent with what’s going on. Depending on how big this failure is, it might affect some employees or it might impact the wider workforce. It’s always good for a business to be honest about what’s happened and how this happened in order to build trust.

All employees want to be kept in the loop with what’s happening within their company. Whether it’s a problem that’s happening in the workplace or is influenced by external factors, like a global pandemic for example. By being truthful, it’s likely to help the company workforce band together  more to get through this failure with success. 

Being antifragile is a worthwhile skill that a business can have when it comes to identifying problems and bouncing back despite the adversary that comes its way.

Identify where the company went wrong

Where did the company or persons go wrong when it comes to failure? There are going to be some obvious places where those involved, went down the wrong path or made a mistake.

While this might be painful to reflect back on, it’s important to identify it so that it won’t happen again. Many businesses can fall into the same trap when they’ve perhaps picked themselves up and not done the review of the mistakes or failures that occurred. 

Talking of that identification, understand where the vulnerabilities came from. Was it a lack of knowledge or miscommunication? Perhaps there are some weak links within the business that needs work and perhaps additional training is required.

Fixing those vulnerabilities can help avoid the problem from happening again. It can also be helpful in giving employees the confidence they need to get back on their feet after experiencing failure, to hopefully correct those mistakes next time. 

Assess the need for new hires

Sometimes, the reasons why business failures happen whether that’s a project failing or a loss of a client/customer is down to a lack of skillset. It might be that there’s a need for new hires in order to help fill in the gaps that some businesses may be lacking within their workforce.

Take a look at what went wrong and whether the lack of skills and experience was the cause of the failure. It may be that a recruitment drive is needed to help bring in more talent.  

Make sure though that these new hires are warranted and that you’ve asked for the right criteria when it comes to job descriptions. The last thing the business wants is more financial responsibility without providing enough talent within the workforce.

Avoid casting blame

It’s very easy to cast blame and to make it one person’s fault for this error. In some cases, that may be the case but it’s harder to justify when there were many individuals responsible for this failure being made.

Try to avoid casting blame in this case because it’s not going to be good for staff morale if there are just one or two people being blamed for what was a group effort in failure. Instead, focus on what each one could have done differently to avoid that failure from happening. 

Get up and try again

If there’s anything to take away from mistakes or failures made in business, is that it’s to get up and try again. It’s important to remember that what defines a business, is typically what actions they take when they’ve been knocked down. Instead of lying there and feeling sorry for itself, it’s important for the business to get up and try again.

Bouncing back as a business is difficult but it can be done with the right attitude and effort made.

About the author


Steven Ly

Steven Ly is the Startup Program and Events Manager at TheNextHint Inc. She recruits rockstar startups for all TC events including Disrupt, meetups, Sessions, and more both domestically and internationally. Previously, she helped produce Dreamforce with Salesforce and Next '17 with Google. Prior to that, she was on the advertising teams at both Facebook and AdRoll, helping support advertisers in North America and helped grow those brands globally. Outside of work, Priya enjoys Flywheel, tacos, the 49ers, and adventuring around the globe.

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