Apology Letter to CEO for Misconduct

A letter to the CEO for misconduct is a letter written by an employee, in which he addresses his CEO and accepts his mistake of showing misconduct. As this letter is written to the top of the hierarchy, it should be written carefully, formally and professionally.

When at the workplace, employees often indulge in unprofessional behaviors, one such is misconduct. The misconduct could take various forms, such as:

  • Using authority in the wrong way.
  • Mistreating another employee.
  • Yelling at a colleague/colleagues.
  • Abusing someone at the workplace.
  • Harassing.
  • Mishandling a client.

For maintaining a proper work environment, such behaviors cannot be overlooked. Sometimes, the middle management or the immediate boss handles the situation. However, if the situation is severe and may result in severe action by the top management, or if the employee has misbehaved with the middle management, the employee may decide to write a letter to the CEO and apologize for his behavior. Often, this letter to the CEO is an additional letter to an apology letter sent to the person with whom the employee has exhibited misconduct. Further, an employee even may have misbehaved directly with the CEO, and hence, this letter is written to seek an apology.

A CEO is a busy person who does not have ample time to read everyone’s letters, so this letter should be concise. However, it needs to serve its purpose of providing an explanation and apologizing for the misconduct. The general details included in such letters are:

  • Date.
  • Employee information.
  • Employer information.
  • Incidence of the misconduct.
  • Reason, explanation or justification behind the bad behavior, if any.
  • Show remorse or regret.
  • Apologize.
  • Ensure non-recurrence of such behavior.
  • Salutations and signature.

Sample Letter to CEO for Misconduct





Dear Ms. Susan,

I am writing this letter to apologize to you for my misconduct with my project team on 11th January 2020.

At that time, I was overburdened with various projects, and the deadline for the most critical project ABC was approaching. Although I and my team were working extra hours to make it a success, I was still worried to deliver a good project on time. When Mr. John, the senior manager, got sick and took a day off, I overreacted. Although he is a hard worker, I called him and yelled at him, not only that, I screamed at my whole team.

I know that I did not handle the situation properly and got overwhelmed with the stress of the project. I regret the whole episode, and I know there is no justification for my misconduct, but as it was my first time of bad behavior, kindly, forgive me and accept my apology. I have already apologized to my team, specifically to Mr. John, and they have forgiven me as well.

I ensure nothing of this sort will ever happen again. Kindly, do not take any disciplinary action against me. I hope for the acceptance of my apology. I am sorry again.


Kim Wayne.

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