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Handle Criticism at Work

Aug 28, 2021




Nobody’s perfect. And at this point in our lives, we’ve had to give and take our fair share of feedback. But there is an art to its delivery and reception, especially at work. And developing effective ways to get your message across and handle criticism are key to keeping an open flow of communication between you and your coworkers, as well as ensuring the information lands. Whether you’re the messenger or recipient, here are some tips to help make the task less painful and more productive on both sides of the conversation. 

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It’s healthy to nurture a culture of feedback in the workplace. If you're especially sensitive to receiving criticism, you may want to determine why. It may just be a matter of adjusting your inner dialogue to combat a lack of self-confidence or perceived inadequacies. You should also consider the source of the comments. Is it someone whose opinion you respect? Are they interested in helping you develop, or merely putting you down? Either way, you'll want to remain calm, focus on the facts, and move on. Criticism at work can be a blessing in disguise. Use it to help you improve, and it can be your best friend.