It is difficult to receive criticism as a working adult.If you get a lot of criticism, it can be even harder to not take it personally.With careful processing, a positive attitude, and regular self-evaluation, you can turn criticism at work into a source of empowerment and success.
Step 1: It is important to avoid emotional reactions.
Don’t respond to criticism while you’re upset.Take some time to understand the circumstances of the criticism.If you are expected to respond immediately in an upsetting situation, try saying something like, “may I have some time to process what you’ve said?”I will get back to you soon.
Step 2: Carefully listen to what is being said.
It is important to listen to what is being said in order to understand the problems and improve your work.It’s okay to ask for criticism to be sent to you in writing, so that you can better process the information, if confrontation makes you nervous or upset.Take the time to absorb what is being said to you.
Step 3: Don’t get defensive.
If you’re working in a subjective field like art or politics, it’s important to consider other perspectives and opinions even if you disagree with what is being said.
Step 4: Take your notes.
It’s even harder to receive the same criticism twice, so be careful with what you say.Pick out any points of reference.If your project leader criticizes the way you constructed your conclusion after you’ve given a presentation, be sure to write it down so you don’t have to do it again.
Step 5: Ask questions.
Make sure you understand what the criticism is all about.If you don’t understand what’s wrong, you will not be able to improve, so be sure to ask questions or request clarification.Asking questions helps you get the task right next time.Asking questions in a positive and specific way is important.When you mentioned that my data tables were too busy, would it be better to separate the information into sub-tables or do I just need to adjust the presentation style?Don’t be afraid to ask for help.”How can I do better next time?” is a question you could ask.
Step 6: At the end of the conversation, say thank you.
It’s important to be gracious and thank people who are helping improve your work, even though it can be hard to accept criticism.You will be happy to say it when you see your skill level improve.
Step 7: Revisions should begin right away.
Don’t be upset or down about criticism.Get to work immediately.You don’t want to forget what was advised if you incorporate the criticism into your revised work.
Step 8: An informal review of your attempt at improvement is what you should ask for.
Once your revisions are complete, ask your boss or manager to look over your work to make sure you addressed the criticism correctly.This show shows respect and a desire to improve, but it also gives you time to develop and refine your skills without the pressure of a formal performance.
Step 9: Assume that people are trying to help you.
It’s easier to take criticism if you think the people who are giving it to you are just trying to help you.If you assume that people are using their criticism to try to cut you down or make you feel bad, you will emit negative emotions and responses which are not helpful to them or you.You can improve on elements of the criticism if you focus on them.Don’t worry about the way the person said it.
Step 10: Yearn to improve.
It takes a lifetime to learn an art or trade.Try to embrace criticism because there is always something you can do to make your work better.It is part of the path to success.
Step 11: You should be open to new ideas.
You may be correct in your result but not in how you got there.Different people prefer different ways of doing things and there are more than one way to accomplish a task.You should be open to alternative ways of achievement.It’s the best way to learn.
Step 12: Ask for feedback on a regular basis.
You are putting yourself in an empowerment position if you ask for it.If everyone seems happy with your work, you can go to them first and ask if there’s anything wrong.Asking for criticism helps you improve at a faster rate, which means you may be promoted, given a raise or both.
Step 13: Learn from your mistakes.
Critics will never go away if you make the same mistake.If you haven’t fixed old mistakes, it’s better to make new mistakes with new improvement.If you want to avoid making the same mistakes, always tackle new tasks with old criticism in mind.
Step 14: Check your work.
After a long day or at the end of the week, everyone gets tired and loses focus.It’s easy to make silly mistakes when you’re tired, so be sure to double check your work at least twice before you submit it.Asking a coworker to check your work is a good way to make sure you don’t miss a mistake.
Step 15: Evaluate your performance.
Don’t wait for others to tell you what’s wrong.It’s a good idea to regularly assess your own work.Being your own toughest critic is a good thing.If you fix the problem before it becomes a habit, others won’t criticize you for it.
Step 16: You can try to resolve conflicts on your own.
If you find it hard to accept criticism, talk to them.Explain how they make you feel.Try saying something like, “I am aware of my late submissions and I apologize for them, but I have trouble meeting deadlines when I am assigned extra work.”Couldn’t we work together to sort this out?
Step 17: There are problems to report.
You might need to report the criticism to someone higher up if you’ve tried hard to be open and flexible.Try to maintain a professional attitude and avoid sounding like attle-tail.If you want a meeting with your boss, you could say, “I’ve mentioned that the reason my work is late is because I am being given extra work on top of my normal assignments.”I can not turn work in before the deadline if I am not given enough time to complete it.Do you have any ideas on how to resolve this issue?