Letter of Apology for Delay
Delays of all types are a part of modern day society so crafting a letter of apology for any type of delay is a pretty common practice. Regardless if the cause for the delay is our fault or out of our control, the resulting effect is the same.
So whether the infraction was beyond your control or clearly your fault, apologizing for the delay is simple courtesy and good business practice.
Obviously, some delays have more serious consequences than others. Being late in submitting a report to your boss which was needed for an important meeting can be detrimental for the company, the meeting, or even your job, while missing a deadline for submitting a paper to your professor may simple result in your getting a poor grade. Although the actions are the same, the consequences can be vastly different.
So it's not only the delay itself that should be considered in your apology but equally important to your letter are the resulting consequences especially when they are felt solely by the injured party or even shared with them.
The most common delays in modern day society are in response, delivery, work or sevice. Each one of these types of delays can have very minor consequences or major consequences depending on the specifics and situation. It is important to evaluate and understand the severity of those consequences in your particular case so that you can craft the appropriate apology.
The table below provides a sample letter of apology for a typical delay in missing a deadline. We provide a series of 'Notes' to explain each statement so that you can easily tailor this letter to your own situation.
Tailoring this sample letter to your own situation is easy with the 'Notes' we provide. By breaking down each individual statement with an explanation of what needs to be included, writing your own letter of apology for a delay will be almost as simple as filling in a form.
Use the 'Notes' to guide you and replace the specifics with your own situation. The order of things is not important so write your letter as you see fit. What is important however for an effective, is that all of the elements are included.