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How to Deal With Criticism at Office (Some Helpful Tips)

Updated on October 1, 2017
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Self improvement is an ongoing process throughout the journey of life. Chitrangada likes to share her beliefs and experiences to help others

Quotes:

“They say that war is death's best friend, but I must offer you a different point of view on that one. To me, war is like the new boss who expects the impossible. He stands over your shoulder repeating one thin, incessantly: 'Get it done, get it done.' So you work harder. You get the job done. The boss, however, does not thank you. He asks for more.”
― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

How to deal with constant criticism at workplace
How to deal with constant criticism at workplace | Source
Criticism at office can lead to lack of motivation to work
Criticism at office can lead to lack of motivation to work | Source

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Constant criticism can lead to depression
Constant criticism can lead to depression | Source

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Rahul came back from office and was in a very tense and depressed mood. His ten year old daughter came up to him with a mathematics question, but he was in no mood to help.

His wife served him with coffee and snacks, which he did not even notice.

His wife was concerned!

'What happened,' she asked.

'Same old story, the boss did not like my work and passed rude remarks in front of everyone in the office,' he said in a depressed tone.

A very common problem!

Work pressure at offices has increased like never before. I can see my own children, barely having time to talk or enjoy simple pleasures of life.

And even after doing so much hard work, there is always the pressure of meeting targets and delivering. The Bosses are also under pressure from their seniors and thus they react in this way as above.

Here are some tips to deal with such a situation, if it happens to you.

Many a times, even after putting your best efforts, instead of getting praise for it, you get criticism. It is very difficult to come back and do the same thing with similar enthusiasm.

How to restrengthen yourself?

1. Accept your mistakes willingly:

We must have the courage to accept our mistakes and make sure not to repeat them. If you have goofed up, do not try to hide it. You are accountable and responsible for your work, your actions and your mistakes.

2. Be open for a discussion--Positive or Negative:

Many people think, the work they have done is the best and nothing less than the best. They do not like their work to be evaluated. But it is not the practical thing to do. One should be open to both positive as well as negative comments. It is this kind of feedback which gives the clearer picture and divergent opinions, make us understand where we stand on a particular issue.

3. Be positive and welcome suggestions:

Welcome positive feedback and appreciate your work for that. Negative comments, no doubt pinches but use it as your greatest motivator. While focusing on your negative points, do not forget your positive points.

4. Do not be complacent:

It is human nature to become high headed after achieving even slight success. Howsoever successful you may be, it is very important to keep on working on your self and your work. Do not be complacent and keep up your efforts to improve further.

5. Know your strengths and your weaknesses:

Every person is unique. You may be good at one thing, but may not be so good at the other. How hard you may try, you can not be good at everything you do. A person very well understands his own weaknesses and strengths. Deal with your limitations in the most sincere way you can, and appreciate your strengths. Try to give everything your hundred percent.

6. Have the strength and will power:

Find the strength and the willpower to ignore criticism, so that you can achieve success and accolades at your workplace and keep yourself and your family happy as well.

This can definitely be built up by your own conscious effort, Self belief and Inner Strength.

How to stand up to a Bully at workplace. Source: YouTube

Be Open For Discussion---Positive Or Negative!

Be Open For Constructive Criticism!

Be Positive And Welcome Suggestions!

Accept Your Mistakes Willingly!

Be Aware Of Your Strengths As Well As Weaknesses!

Positive feedback should not be treated as criticism!
Positive feedback should not be treated as criticism! | Source

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'The Boss Is Always Right!'--Do you think so?

Do not mistake feedback as criticism:

  • No doubt, regular criticism can ruin one' s life and it can affect your personal life too. But sometimes there can be an over reaction and a negative feedback might be mistaken as Criticism.
  • This should be avoided and a balanced reaction is the right approach.
  • If the negative feedback comes from your Boss, try to change your strategy and your ways of dealing with the issue.
  • Moreover, if the Boss sees, that you have not over reacted, he might soften his stand and start understanding your point of view and may provide a helpful feedback.
  • Be positive and open to suggestions!

© Chitrangada Sharan 22nd Aug. 2012

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Dealing with a difficult Boss, source: You tube

© 2012 Chitrangada Sharan

Have you ever faced criticism at workplace? Please share in the comments section.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      21 months ago from New Delhi, India

      You are welcome Robert Sacchi!

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      Robert Sacchi 

      21 months ago

      thank you.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      21 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Robert Sacchi for reading and commenting on this hub!

      I feel good that this is helpful to you.

      Wish you all the best for the new job!

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      Robert Sacchi 

      21 months ago

      Thank you. Timely advice for me, new job.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you PegCole17, for reading the hub and sharing your opinion.

      Yes sometimes the criticism in the office can lead people to depression and a lack of enthusiasm to work in a productive manner.

      Thanks for your insightful comments, which add more value to this hub.

      Thank you!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Dianna, for reading and commenting on this hub!

      Glad you liked it. I agree keeping positive is very important, even in the face of adverse situations.

      Thanks and have a good day!

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      Peg Cole 

      3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      You've identified a universal issue that affects workers and their productivity, self-esteem and success. I like your approach for handling this. Bosses often don't realize how demeaning their comments can be. If we can accept their input as just business rather than taking it personally it is often easier to handle.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      3 years ago

      You make some very useful suggestions, ChitrangadaSharon. I believe keeping positive and open helps to communicate your ideas best.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks vespawoolf, for reading this hub and your positive feedback!

      You are right, an environment full of conflict can be counter productive.

      I am glad you liked the hub. Thanks for your insightful comments!

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      vespawoolf 

      4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I don´t enjoy an environment full of conflict, so these are great suggestions. I especially appreciate the need to recognize ones positive/negative traits and listen instead being defensive. Thank you!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks girishpuri, for reading and commenting. I am pleased, you found it useful.

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      Girish puri 

      5 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Very much useful hub, and you know, it happens in every office, thank you so much.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks ausmedus, for visiting and your valuable comment.

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      Sallie Smith 

      6 years ago from Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

      Thank you for sharing thch needed HUB. :)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Kate Mc Bride, for stopping by and giving your valuable comments. I am glad you found it useful.

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      Kate McBride 

      6 years ago from Donegal Ireland

      There is very sound advice in this hub about workplace criticism whether it is deserved or not.Voted up and useful . Thank you for sharing this hub.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks sangre, for the visit and your valuable feedback. Thanks for your support and appreciation.

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      Sp Greaney 

      6 years ago from Ireland

      Good advice for anyone who works with an annoying boss or even colleagues who critcise you. It's part of life and knowing how to handle it is a technique in itself. Voted up.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks DDE, for your support and appreciation.

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      Devika Primić 

      6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Interesting points mentioned here and definitely helpful to many thanks

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks girishpuri, for visiting and your positive feedback. I am glad you found it useful.

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      Girish puri 

      6 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Very nice and positive hub, that is what life is all about, positivity, positivity and you are through, great hub, voted useful.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks VibrantViews, for stopping by and commenting. Thanks for your additional tips.

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      VibrantViews 

      6 years ago

      I've found managers can help :) MEdiation can work wonders!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Seeker7, for visiting and giving your valuable comment. I am glad you found it to be useful. Thanks again for all the support.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 

      6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      An excellent hub! This is great information that many people will find very useful. Not only that, but the advice you give is also positive and not reactionary. Being positive is the best way to deal with situations if you possibly can.

      This was a very enjoyable and interesting hub + voted up!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks sujithbeta, for stopping by and giving your valuable comment.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks jainismus, for visiting and appreciating.

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      Sreejith k 

      6 years ago from Kerala, India

      Great hub. Very useful to avoid criticism at work place. Thanks for sharing this useful hub.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 

      6 years ago from Pune, India

      Great tips, useful for everyone. Thank you for sharing.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks jpcmc, for the visit and your valuable advise.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks writer20 ( Joyce), for stopping by and commenting.

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      JP Carlos 

      6 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Being open to other people's criticisms is a great way to grow.

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      I think any getting criticism should just blow it off.

      Voted up, Joyce.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Ann810, for visiting and commenting. You are right in saying that verbal bullying should not be there, but constructive criticism is welcome. Thanks again.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks MarleneB for appreciating and giving your valuable feedback. I am glad you liked it. Thanks again.

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      Ann810 

      6 years ago from Sunny Cali

      Hi, I agree constructive criticism is what many people need, only if they can accept it. I welcome constructive criticism at work or anywhere, as long as it is not verbal bullying. Great article and well written. Voted up.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      6 years ago from USA

      Your tips are very healthy and helpful advice. I agree with all of your tips and the one that I think most people fail to remember is that we should be open for feedback. I enjoy feedback, both positive and negative because it helps me get better. Great hub about dealing with criticism in the workplace. I think your ideas work in regular life, as well.

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