How to deal with criticism at office or workplace : Some helpful tips
“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 happy with your job?
Are you the one who faces criticism at workplace?
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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.
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!
Do you think its important to have good relations with your Boss?
'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!
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Dealing with a difficult Boss, source: You tube
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