How to Handle Criticism At Work Professionally

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How to Handle Criticism At Work Professionally

How to Handle Criticism At Work Professionally

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This one you cannot dodge, you’ll be criticized left, right and center at points of your professional career. It should be expected. Nevertheless, especially those of which that come out from nowhere, these can really startle you. notably when you thought you’ve done a great job yet still someone can pick out the problems in your work. It can be easy to take it the wrong way as it may seem like an attack on your personality. But criticism has its place in the workplace used as a tool for the company growth. And you’ll need to know how to handle it professionally for your personality to flourish and achieve too.

This one you cannot dodge, you’ll be criticized left, right and center at points of your professional career. It should be expected. Nevertheless, especially those of which that come out from nowhere, these can really startle you. notably when you thought you’ve done a great job yet still someone can pick out the problems in your work. It can be easy to take it the wrong way as it may seem like an attack on your personality. But criticism has its place in the workplace used as a tool for the company growth. And you’ll need to know how to handle it professionally for your personality to flourish and achieve too.

Don’t Respond Yet

Your first response is to probably respond with words, facial expressions, and hand gestures. And in most cases it will be a strong urge too since it seems like your image is being attacked upon. But just stop and let whoever it is express fully what they need to tell you. For them, this criticism is important if you were to respond rashly with very little thought you can easily become labeled as being rude and unprofessional in the eyes of your colleagues and seniors.

Listen

Being confronted with criticism can lead you to be engrossed with your own feelings and thoughts. Such as “What have I done?”, “But I worked so hard, 🙁 ” and “It’s not only me making mistakes”. This then can interfere with you comprehending the actual problem. This is where listening plays an important role. It doesn’t simply mean to hear what is said but requires you to understand what is the issue with your work. So use this time to listen in without making any assumptions and sudden conclusions. And try to understand the underlying intentions and problems (possibly behind anger at times) that you supervisor or boss may not disclose directly.

How to Handle Criticism At Work Professionally

Ask Questions

Often people assume that they should only listen and say “yes sir” and “no sir” and be done with it. Though asking questions for specifics can help you gain a better insight into acknowledging the problem and help towards you pinpointing where you could make improvements on. Use questions such as “Can you tell me in which instance did this happen?”, “Can you give an example where I went wrong” and so forth according to its appropriateness.

Keep Calm

So it can really be offensive especially when may deem such criticism as unfair. But no matter what you feel inside, in the workplace it’s professional to not show such emotion. Don’t even be tempted to disclose it to anyone in office even if you consider them to be your friend. As you may not truly know everyone’s intentions and the word can easily spread like bush fire. And who know who could overhear you too. Yet you don’t want to let it build up inside either. To get it off your chest vent in your own time and place with those who have no association with the company.

Use Criticism to Help you Improve

Though at the moment you may think bad about it, this is true – all criticism is for your good. It may have hurt you or sounded completely incorrect, but you have the control to use it to your own benefit. First be at peace that no one is perfect and that’s no one including you. Second, there’s work to be done, there’s always room on improvement. Constructive criticism will definitely tell where you may have gone wrong and good one’s would tell you how to improve. And in that instance of destructive criticism you may simply need to learn how to grow a thick skin and ignore it.

How to Handle Criticism At Work Professionally

Take Responsibility for Your Actions

Simply put, own up to your own actions. Even when you may not see eye-to-eye let your senior know you are ready to correct the problem. In these situation people often make excuses in an attempt to cover their ‘good’ image but it’s an amateur move which always backfires as it signals to your senior you are not taking your job seriously and have no desire to grow as a professional.

Be Confident in Your Worth

It can be one instance of criticism or a few but don’t let your work define the totally of who you are. There is a good reason why you were given this opportunity to work; your credentials had shown for that. And who you are in your personal life may reflect something quite different to that of your work. That only you and your loved ones can appreciate. So this gives you reason to control this and not allow for it to demolish your confidence. You’d be better off working on improving your performance than losing all hope.

Don’t Take It Personally

Dwelling on it and holding a grudge will be an on-going problem for you and no one else. Allow the criticism to be just that of where you need improving. And not one that underpins every moment of your work time. Try to move on with it by knowing who you are and with a positive attitude. Most importantly keep on moving forward and focusing on what you want to ultimately achieve.

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Until next time.
Jasmine

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