Apologize For Someone Else (Business) • Letter Templates and Guide

Guide

1Begin with a straightforward apology that refers specifically to the offense.
2Acknowledge your reader's frustration and express thanks for the concern.
3Mention any specific steps taken to correct the problem. End with a positive statement thanking the reader for his or her concern. Offering some form of compensation or restitution may be appropriate.

Tips

Normally, one should apologize for one's own offenses. However, if you are in some way responsible for the offender's behavior--as is a supervisor for example--it may be appropriate to write an apology even if the offender also writes one. Write this brief, clear letter as soon as possible after the incident.

Example Letter #1

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On behalf of Doe Associates I extend my sincere apologies for the behavior of our field representative at the recent trade show. We expect all our employees to refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages not only during their working hours but for several hours before reporting to work. Thank you for informing us of this inexcusable incident. We are embarrassed that someone from our firm would have caused such a scene.

The representative involved is being disciplined and is being required to receive special help for substance abuse. Any future infraction will result in immediate termination of his employment.

Example Letter #2

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On behalf of Doe Corporation, I would like to express my deepest apologies for the rude treatment you received from one of our support operators. Our customer support service is designed to alleviate customer frustration, not add to it. When a problem of this nature occurs, we want to know about it. Thank you for bringing it to our attention. The operator in question has been put on probation and has been sent to a special class on customer relations. Doe Corporation wants to deliver preferential treatment to all its customers. Please accept the enclosed discount coupons as a token of our sincere apologies.

Example Letter #3

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I want to apologize for the rude behavior of one of our employees yesterday. It was inexcusable for her to speak to you in an impatient way as you were making your purchase. I know it is upsetting when someone who should be serving you is disrespectful.

Our employee has been disciplined and will lose her job if this behavior ever happens again. We value you as one of our best customers and hope you will accept our sincere apology.

Write Your Letter Step-by-Step

1

Begin with a straightforward apology that refers specifically to the offense.

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2

Acknowledge your reader's frustration and express thanks for the concern.

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3

Mention any specific steps taken to correct the problem. End with a positive statement thanking the reader for his or her concern. Offering some form of compensation or restitution may be appropriate.

Example Sentences

I discussed your phone call with the employee involved. He understands your concern and has expressed an apology for his behavior. He has been distressed at the death of his grandfather and has been particularly sensitive lately, but he has assured me that he will not repeat yesterday's behavior. I discussed your phone call with the employee involved. She understands your concern and understands that her behavior was unacceptable. I assure you we will be attentive in preventing a repeat of Wednesday's incident. Please accept this gift certificate for the next time you come to the Doe Family Restaurant. I informed Jane, the officer usually in charge, that you were coming, but she was ill last night and failed to tell her replacement of your intent to visit. If you would like to come next Wednesday, I will personally meet you at the gate. I have explained to John that his behavior was unacceptable. He apologized and assured me it would not happen again. This is the first time we have received a complaint about John's performance, so we are confident his future service will be satisfactory. Enclosed is a coupon for dinner for two on the house. Please come and try us again. We will find you a new cabin farther away from the engine noise, and will let you know as soon as we have made new arrangements. Thank you for your concern. There is no vacant cabin, so we will not be able to move you farther from the party in #202. Thank you for bringing this incident to our attention. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do to make your cruise more enjoyable. With this note I have enclosed the completed version of the Doe report. I look forward to finishing this project. Your contribution has been invaluable. I have taken up this matter with John and he greatly regrets his insensitive behavior. Thank you for your concern. Please accept the enclosed discount coupon for you to use in our store. Thank you for pointing out the mistake to us. We are always eager to refine and improve our work here at Doe Associates.

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