People make mistakes, in life and at work. Unless someone is going to be seriously hurt or die when you admit your mistake I say you should man up.
It can be a hard pill to swallow when you realize, “Oh sh*t, how did I get THAT wrong? I’ve only quadruple checked it?!?!” But it happens. Don’t you feel like sometimes you’re just in this mistake cloud and you make small mistakes for a while and just can’t get out of it? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one in that cloud. Just man up, admit that you did something wrong and move on. People will respect you far more if you make them see that if you do something wrong you’ll tell them and fix the problem rather than hide and lie that anything ever happened, only for the truth to come out later. I’d rather explain what went wrong and then follow that up with how you’ll fix the problem than sit there and wonder how long it’ll take someone to realize something went wrong.
Don’t believe me? Here is a quote from a great article, Made a Mistake at Work? Here are 5 Quick Tips to Help You Own up to it and Correct it with Class, “sometimes the making of the mistake isn’t something your manager will spend too much time thinking about; the boss usually dwells more on how he was told about the mistake and how you intend to fix it.”
What di you do today?