How to use criticism constructively at work

Have you ever been criticized for work while being employed? While many employees consider it as an attack on their ego, others take it positively to improve them.  This post will help you understand how you can use your criticism constructively.

When you are criticized for something it surely feels bad, especially when it is at the workplace. However, instead of getting affected with the criticism and let it degrades your performance at work, you have to be ready to deal with it. Criticism is a common phenomenon at work, however, it surely matters that who is criticizing you.

While you’ll find some people who’ll engage in useless criticism, you’ll also some across people who will criticize you for your betterment. So, to deal with criticism at work, first of all, you have to differentiate whether it is useless or imperative for you. Useful criticism, if used constructively can become a significant tool for your improvement and betterment.

You can follow the below given practices to constructively use your criticism.

Accept the fact that you are not a perfectionist

Perfection is an ongoing process and the more you carry out a task, closer you reach to perfection. But always remember, you won’t achieve it easily. It comes with experience. Thus, if you will perform every task at your work considering that nothing can ever go wrong or you won’t make any mistake, then you are fooling you. Accept the fact that you can make mistakes and sometimes, what we think is perfectly correct is actually not. So, be sure that sometimes you may have to face criticism.

Ask for a detailed feedback

Whenever you come across any criticism in your office,you must find out that what is that others are objecting about you. Find out why people are criticising you and what exactly has went wrong. Be very persistent and ask for feedback. This way you’ll understand that what exactly is bothering people about you and you can improvise those aspects to evolve as a better professional at your workplace.

Do not be defensive

Often, when we come across our criticism, we become defensive. We start arguing with the person and struggle hard to prove ourselves right. But in this struggle, often the origin of conversation gets ignored. So, if you will act defensively towards your criticism, you would not be able to use it for your good. Do not intimidate the other person or act sarcastically. Understand the other person’s perspective and sleep over the matter. When you consider the things with a calm mind and introspect you, you can easily understand the way other perceives you and you can improvise the things. You can ask the person that how, in his point of view, you can change your objectionable behaviour and always stay open to reasonable suggestions.

Do not take your criticism personally

Criticism at work is always related to work and your professional life. If you co-worker, peer or manager is criticising you for work, always remember that they do not hold any personal grudge against you and it all is related with the work you are doing.

Also, do not get de-motivated that you are not good enough for the job. If you have been selected for a position in the company, it certainly implies that you have the capability and qualification to perform the task.

So, instead of taking criticism personally, get involved in discussion with your peers and managers. Try to understand their perspective and if you believe they are right the act accordingly.

Evaluate what you have heard

Most of the times what we believe is criticism is actually not what it looks like. So, take your time to process the information, evaluate that whether it is positive, important and valid or not, and then design your plan of action to correct your mistakes and solve out the problem. If somebody is complaining about a specific thing iteratively, you must try to evaluate that what’s going wrong every time.

Always remember that criticism is not something which is aimed to de-motivate you, rather it is a general process at work. But, it really depends on you that how you take it. By taking it negatively, you can ruin your chances of self-improvement and by taking it positively you can use it for your betterment.

Author Bio:

Author is a job consultant associated with an online job recruiting company and has been working as a vital link between employers and job seekers. He also enjoys blogging. Mostly he shares his views on the career opportunities in Dubai and other Gulf countries.

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