Nobody likes criticism. Who wants to hear they did something wrong? It can be easy to take criticism personally and think it means you failed.
Instead of equating criticism to failure, think of it as a learning experience.
With constructive criticism, there are positives mixed in with the negatives so it doesn’t feel quite as awful. You’re also given tips on how to do better.
While it’s not easy, it’s important to listen to what your boss has to say. Need some practice? Here’s how to learn and grow from constructive criticism.
First, you have to listen, really listen. Your boss is trying to help you be the best employee you can be. Lower your defences, stop thinking of a rebuttal, and absorb what your boss is saying. You can even take notes if this will help you remember.
If you have questions about what your boss is saying, ask. Getting more details about how you could have done better on a recent assignment makes it easier for you to excel at your next assignment.
Keep your emotions in check. As mentioned, it can hurt to hear that your work wasn’t up to par. Instead of being angry or upset, be grateful. Thank your boss for taking the time to help you do your job better the next time.
Remember that it’s not all about you. You’re one part of the well-oiled machine that is your company. If that part is broken, the machine can’t work optimally. The better your work, the better the company functions as a whole.
After the critique, schedule some time to sit down and talk to your boss again. This should be a few weeks or a month later. Ask if your work has improved. If your boss offers more constructive criticism, you’ll be able to handle it.