6 Ways To Handle Negative Feedback At Your Workplace

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How to Handle Negative Feedback At Your Workplace

Feedback is an important aspect of your professional career growth. They highlight both positive and negative performance  and what areas you should improve on. Receiving negative feedback at the workplace can be difficult to hear, but it is an opportunity to learn and use the lesson to become a top performer.

Turning negative feedback into a positive thing is key to your career success. Here are 7 ways  to handle negative criticism at work:

1. Give it Enough Time and Distance

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During your feedback session,   you are likely to be highly emotional. You might choose not to continue listening or  respond to your colleague or boss’s comments. This might make you miss relevant/important details and might lead to misunderstanding. It is crucial to give yourself enough time and distance to absorb the comments. It will help you to think about the situation  more clearly and plan for a a constructive and satisfying response. You may ask for time to collect your thoughts before responding to their comments.

2. Spot the Positives from the Criticism

Feedback is essential for your personal and professional growth. Whether   communicated in a good or bad way, your manager or colleague will give you negative feedback  so that you can do a better job. So to stay on top of your profession, choose to turn these criticisms and negative comments into positive ideas and make the best  out of it.

3. Assume the Good Intention

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Another way to stay productive from the negative feedbacks is by thinking about the positive intention your boss or colleague had in the first place. Feedback is a sign that they want to help you do a better job which will result to success in your career. If you find out that the critics have good intentions and can bring better outcome, it will be easier for you to make positive changes.

4. Listen Carefully

Counter-attacking your colleague or manager for their negative feedback is not productive. They might have the ideas that will help you to get the better  at your job . Instead of defending yourself or counter-attacking their comments, gently press them for more details. Ask questions like ‘Can you please give me more clarification? Do you have a sample for that? Can you show me the example?’ In this way, you will be able to handle your work smoothly with all the necessary details on hand.  

5. Focus and Learn

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When you have a poor outcome and receive  negative criticism, you should first avoid pointing out how others have been involved. It will only slow you down on the progress of learning from the mistakes and how to possibly fix the error. Focus on your next move and use this chance to think about all the ways in which you can improve your work, behaviour and attitude if needed.

6. Don’t Take It Personal

Spotting the errors on your own work might be a difficult task. When you complete it, you may be unaware of the need for improvement. So, when your manager or colleague points out these errors, you should be thankful instead. Always remember that they are criticizing your work and not you as a person. Accept with an open mind the criticism, and ask if they have a better idea on how you can improve .

Criticisms and negative feedbacks are great opportunity to show your employer that you are flexible and can make necessary changes. When you receive one, consider it a chance to improve and show how willing you are to fix any problems.

Mustapha Mosha
Mustapha Ally is a Community Marketing Manager at Zoom Tanzania and BrighterMonday Tanzania. He loves digital marketing social media