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Best Ways To Handle Criticism At Work



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Everyone should be prepared to receive negative feedback occasionally as it is impossible that you will remain flawless all the time. It is normal to feel de-motivated when you are criticized at a workplace, but it is an important “life-skill” to accept criticism constructively. Few people have the courage to take criticism in a positive way. In most workplaces, people are not trained to give or receive negative feedback and this leads to misunderstandings.

Here are some useful ways to handle criticism at work.

Feedback is necessary

Any feedback, positive or negative is important. The positive ones highlight your strengths and the negative ones guide you to do better in the future.

Listen carefully

When you are being criticized, try to listen carefully and ask questions to understand the feedback properly. If criticism comes from your boss, do not be defensive. Try to understand the real intention of the criticism and try to improve accordingly.

Take it professionally and not personally

Everyone makes mistakes at work. It is quite common to forget or miss out on something. So, do not take criticism to heart and remember that your manager is criticizing your work, not you as a person. It can hurt you but taking criticism impersonally can help you improve your performance at the workplace.

Do not be too tough on yourself

It is natural to feel sad after receiving negative feedback at work. However, you do not need to be harsh on yourself for minor issues. Remember that no one is perfect, and there are many things to learn each day. Making a mistake is not a crime, but repeating it over and over is. So, try to accept it and move on.

Do not play defensive

When you are being criticized, do not be defensive. It is best to listen to everything and control your emotions. Do not try to find excuses. Finding excuses for mistakes lead nowhere. Playing defensive is not very healthy for your professional growth.

Do not respond in the heat of the moment

It is okay not to accept each and every word being said. However, do not put your perspective into words immediately. If you say anything wrong in the heat of the moment, you may regret it later and may harm your career prospects. If you do not agree, wait for the right time to respond.

Be formal and say thank you

When you receive feedback from your manager or senior, don’t forget to say thank you. The gesture will show that you respect them and expresses how you react to criticism.

Ignore False Criticism

You can be a victim of false criticism, which can hurt you much more. There are two ways to handle false criticism. You can remain silent and ignore it completely. If it is a grave matter and may impact your career growth, you need to fight against it. However, dignified silence is always a better option to fight against false allegations.

Try to learn from well-intended criticism. Be careful with unfair criticism and personal attacks. Personal attacks and unfair criticism should be defended in a proper way.

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