Apology Letter to Boss for having a Fight with Colleague

An apology letter to the boss for having a fight with a colleague is a letter written by an employee to his/her employer. In this letter, the employee seeks his boss’s forgiveness for his unprofessional act of fighting with a co-worker. Although an employee may verbally communicate his apology, through this letter, he makes a written and formal apology, which may also be kept in the employee file.

Usually, after being involved in a fight with a colleague, an employee realizes his mistake or fears the unknown dire consequences that can be taken by the employer. Therefore, he decides to write an apology letter to his boss. In other instances, an apology letter may act as a reply to the warning letter, that has been issued to the employee for being involved in a fight. As the warning letter has been received, the employee knows that the fight has become a formal issue and he might have to face his boss’s reactions, so he decides to write an apology letter to minimize the effects of the warning letter.

The information included in an apology letter is dependent on the severity of the fight as well as the management’s reactions. However, the general details included in an apology letter are:

  • Date.
  • Details of the boss/employer.
  • Details of the employee.
  • The incidence of the fight, including the name of the colleague, reason for the fight, etc.
  • Show realization of the mistake and remorse.
  • Apology.
  • Inform that apology has been made to the colleague, if applicable.
  • Guarantee no repetition.
  • Salutations.

Sometimes, the boss might not accept the apology letter until an apology has been sought from the colleague whom the employee has fought and misbehaved with. Therefore, it is a good strategy to first seek an apology from the colleague before sending the apology letter to the boss.

Sample Letter




Dear Mr. Johnathan,

I am writing this letter to apologize for my behavior and fight with Mr. Sam Johnson on 14th November 2019.

We two were having a meeting in my office when an argument started regarding the client requirements in the XYZ project. I became aggressive and was trying to justify myself. Upon hearing Mr. Johnson’s justifications, I got angry and not only used abusive words but also pushed him toward the door.

I feel extremely apologetic for my behavior. I do not know and cannot justify why I showed such unprofessional behavior. I have already apologized to Mr. Johnson, and being kind as he is, he has forgiven me and is not going to escalate my case.

I also want to apologize to you as well. I am sorry for the fight and the abusive language. I ensure that such behavior will not be repeated. I seek acceptance of my apology and I hope you will forgive me.

I am sorry again.


Jim William.

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