Sometimes, no matter how diligent we are, things come up which prevents us from performing the duties at hand. When this occurs it not only looks bad for us, but also looks lets our department and boss down. In such a case, make sure you include a clear explanation for what has occurred. In our example below, our employee took on way too much. He thought he could balance two projects at once but found that in the end he missed an important milestone for his bosses project. Was it an honest mistake? Yes. It was formed on good intentions, and exhibited the employees drive to succeed, but it did make the bosses project late.
Our employee explains the situation and offers to help fix it.
Sample Apology Letter to Boss for Not Completing Work
Dear Ms. Bronson:
Due to circumstances beyond my control, I was not able to finish the data research you asked for last week. I can only comprehend how upset this made you feel, and the embarrassment that it caused this department and the company as a whole. Please accept my most sincerest apologies in regards to the situation.
I understand how difficult this has been for you, that I let you and the department down. I also recognize that this looks bad for the company as well. At this point, the realization of the embarrassment that this caused all of you is just starting to sink in. When an employee is late handing in their work, it can affect not only that department, but the company as a whole.
I hereby announce that I take full responsibility for not completing my work by the scheduled milestone time. No one else had a part in my tardiness, and the delay’s were quite tiresome, I am sure. After all, they all had turned in their required segments, and as all segments were required to complete the editing of the final video, by me not having mine present, it put everything back. As I understand it, the project itself had to be pushed back a month.
Basically, I become tied up with working on a video for Sanderson in accounting, to promote their new online YouTube channel. I thought I’d be able to handle both tasks, but sadly I could not, and both ended up suffering in the end. I misjudged the time spent on the videos, and should have managed my time more effectively, or not have taken on Sanderson’s request in the first place.
I regret what has occurred, and I promise that I’ll do my best to ensure that this type of error never happens again. It is with a heavy heart that I admit to all of this, as I truly thought that by working both here and at home, I’d be able to finish both projects in time for their deadlines.
At present, both videos are completed and have been sent to the correct parties. They are very happy with them, which pleases me. However, the entire situation was unnecessary, and when I look back, I could have done both if I had just finished your video first. If there is anything that I can do to make up for the snafu, please let me know.