7 Tips to Deal With Criticism at the Office or Workplace
“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
Have you ever faced criticism at your office?
Are You The One, Who Faces Criticism at Your Office or The Workplace?
Rahul came back from the 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 to you? Is anything wrong, at the office?’ she asked.
'Same old story— the boss did not like my work, and passed rude remarks, and that too, in front of everyone at the office,' he said in a depressed tone.
“I had worked so hard, on this project. But my boss thinks, I didn’t do justice to it. Now what am I supposed to do? I feel so let down, and there is nothing, which can inspire me to work on this project, once again,” he added.
A very common problem!
Work pressure, at the offices, has increased like never before. One can find this kind of situation, all around. The office goers, or the present generation of workplace employees, barely have time to talk, to eat properly, to sleep at the right time, or enjoy the simple pleasures of life. Sometimes the children and the whole family suffers and get affected, by this. This can also lead to relationship issues, at the office or in the family.
Even after doing hard work, spending hours at the computer table; 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, or someone whom, you know.
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.
7 Tips to deal with criticism at your office or workplace
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 the 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 yourself 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. Howsoever 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.
7. Practice meditation and Yoga and do regular physical exercise:
It’s important to be physical and mentally fit, to handle any kind of work pressure. If you cannot spend a lot of time in exercises, at least brisk walking for about half an hour will be good enough. Deep breathing exercises in a Yoga can do wonders.
Spend some time with children and family. They are the best source of motivation and encouragement, when you are feeling low.
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!
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 even soften his stand, and start understanding your point of view. The boss may provide a helpful feedback.
- Always be positive and open to suggestions.
- Team work is the order of the day. Learn to accommodate other’s views and suggestions, whether they are your seniors or juniors.
Do you think its important to have good relations with your Boss?
How to deal with a difficult Boss, source: You tube
Are you happy with your job?
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2012 Chitrangada Sharan