Facing criticism while on the job from a co-worker or boss? Maybe you are feeling unfairly targeted by the criticism. Don’t let it ruin your day! Find out how to face criticism at work in a positive way below.

Criticism and assessment from peers, when positive, can help us grow and give us the willpower and determination to do better at what we do. So consider others’ advice and face criticism with an open and ready perspective.

1. Ask For Privacy

When someone approaches you and wants to address something you are doing or have done at work, begin by asking this person if the conversation can be held in private.

Often tensions rise when there are more people around as this can make you feel as if everyone is being critical. Privacy is key in keeping everyone comfortable and confident that the issues can possibly be addressed in a calm manner. Ask for privacy unless it involves a criticism that needs to be addressed as a team.

2. Own It

When faced with criticism, whether from the top or from peers at work, try to own up to your mistakes and mishaps if that is what they are criticizing you for to begin with. Sure you may have done something that deserves questioning but also remind your criticizer about what you did accomplish without creating an argument.

Once the mistakes are dealt with, if it was something that was your responsibility, own up to it and accept their opinion for what it is. Then remind them in a calm way what you did accomplish. It is easy for all of us to often to spot out the negative and focus on that.

3. Learn From It

Remind them about all the positive accomplishments concerning this project and let them know that you hear them and that next time you will see what you can do to remediate the situation if it arises again. Reassurance is your best tool so make sure you use it.

If a criticism seems highly valid, consider further evaluating what you are hearing and contemplate on making necessary changes. While it is good not to take criticisms so personally, assessment is an important element of any job and career. It helps us to work harder on making proper changes to continue to advance and makes us think about our own work and progress.

4. Don’t Take It Personally

Remember that criticism does not have to define you but it can help encourage you in some ways. Accept that you are not perfect and do not take criticism so personally. Okay sure maybe you can learn to do something different or work harder as a team.

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By not taking criticisms so personally you also keep yourself from holding a grudge. Facing judgment can be quite stinging and create bitterness. Who wants to work in an environment where tension exists? Not only does that tension build between you and your co-worker, it can also have an effect on all the rest of your peers.

Keep the environment positive and support and encourage your peers to squash any grudges or resentment. Remind all that working together to accomplish is a team effort and without everyone’s support the team ceases to work. So keep your personal feelings away from the workplace and see your time in the office as a chance to inch closer to work related goals and expand on the skills you need to effectively succeed in your career.

5. Consider The Source

Remember that often one’s own critical outlooks are caused by something they may be experiencing themselves. Consider this and consider what they are actually saying. If you notice that a co-worker is being highly critical and seems stressed, ask them if all is okay.

Take charge of that team spirit and encourage a positive environment for team members to share in confidence and to bring the best that they can to the table. Sometimes you may find that a little bit of concern from someone else was all this co-worker needed. You never know what someone else is experiencing and therefore do not take their assessments to heart.

6. Clear The Air

If you feel like the criticism is uncalled for question it and clear the air. Maybe a co-worker has said something hurtful about you personally and not about the work you do. Bringing personal matters into business is highly inappropriate.

Calmly confront a co-worker and if necessary, tell your boss. If this continues to be a habit, consider your options. You should not have to work in a place in which you feel uncomfortable, targeted and unappreciated. Furthermore, critical assessments are intended to provide work related support. Remind your co-worker this and ask them to keep personal prejudices and matters to themselves for the overall wellbeing of the company.

7. Stay Open

And of course, not only in your personal life but also importantly in the workplace, remember that we all see things differently. Maybe your co-worker is seeing something you are doing that you do not necessarily recognize. Be open to what others are saying, again – as long as it is work related, and examine how a possible change in the way you are doing something can benefit others you work with and the company as a whole. It is not only about you.

The way you work affects others in the workplace as well. The way they work affects you. Appreciate your co-workers’ opinions. If you do not understand what they are getting at, ask them to elaborate. Try and understand how everyone else works.

8. Acknowledge Differences Of Opinion

If they offer suggestions or advice on how to do something, acknowledge it. If you prefer your method, acknowledge that you hear their advice but that you find your way to be the best for you and perhaps explain to them why. A mutual understanding and respect will keep things in the clear and help in overcoming future issues. The more you understand of one another the better the work environment becomes.

Do not let criticism isolate you and do not isolate yourself to avoid it. It is a part of life that helps us all grow. An experience that we can gain from.

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9. Let It Inspire You

Last and most importantly, do not let criticism keep you down. Sure we all make minor slip-ups and we hear judgment concerning the things we do. Do not allow your workplace to become less encouraging and stressful just because of a little judgment.

Let it be an overall learning experience. Let it inspire and encourage you and consider it as a beneficial aspect of advancing in your career.

Whether facing criticism from a co-worker or a boss, explore their words, listen carefully and face judgment confidently and with an overall positive attitude. No need to sour your day by holding grudges, carrying around negative thoughts, and eventually hating your job just because of some words.

While words DO hurt, we do not have to let them define us. On the other hand, if we try to consider it in an objective way, the criticism can help us improve the things we can (and probably should) improve. So take criticism with ease and let the words instead change your outlook for the betterment of yourself and your team.

Have you faced criticism at work? How did you deal with it? We’d love to hear your story! Please share it in the comments section below.

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