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7 Tips to Deal With Criticism at the Office or Workplace

Self improvement is an ongoing process throughout the journey of life. Chitrangada likes to share her beliefs and experiences to help others

Quotes:

“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

How to deal with constant criticism, at the office or workplace

How to deal with constant criticism, at the office or workplace

Frequent criticism and bad reviews, can lead to lack of motivation, at the office or workplace

Frequent criticism and bad reviews, can lead to lack of motivation, at the office or workplace

Constant criticism and no encouragement, can lead to mental stress and depression

Constant criticism and no encouragement, can lead to mental stress and depression

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.

Be positive and welcome suggestions

Be positive and welcome suggestions

Keep yourself motivated

Keep yourself motivated

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!

Positive feedback should not be treated as criticism!

Positive feedback should not be treated as criticism!

Team work is important to complete targets. Learn to welcome and accommodate, different kind of suggestions, whether from senior or junior teammate.

Team work is important to complete targets. Learn to welcome and accommodate, different kind of suggestions, whether from senior or junior teammate.

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.

How to deal with a difficult Boss, source: You tube

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

Have you ever faced criticism at workplace? Please share in the comments section.

Robert Sacchi on January 20, 2019:

Thank you for the insight. I wonder if exercising is the key? Exercising gives more energy so people can work harder.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 20, 2019:

Thank you Robert Sacchi, for your kind comments!

I agree with you that the Indians are hard and efficient in their work and it has always been like that. It’s not that it is happening now. And I believe that hard work, automatically helps not only the country, but the human society and the World as a whole.

But the competition is even more now, compared to the earlier times. Thanks to the modern technology, higher education for everyone, much more informed people, due to 24/7 communication.

When I see the present generation of executives, working round the clock, to achieve targets, sometimes individually, at other times, as a team, I feel proud as well as concerned for them. But interestingly, they take out time to work out, and party too. It’s amazing how they are managing their life. The positives are too many that they overshadow the negatives.

Thank You once again for sharing your thoughts. Much appreciated.

Have a good day!

Robert Sacchi on January 19, 2019:

Do you think the pressure could be because India is vying to be the number one economic power? I marvel at how the Indians I've worked for and with are such hard and efficient workers.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 19, 2019:

That made me smile, Frances Metcalfe! Same here. But I feel concerned for the present generation of youngsters. They are under so much work pressure that they don’t have much time to enjoy life. I believe, we had a much relaxed younger life.

Thank you for reading and commenting!

Frances Metcalfe from The Limousin, France on January 18, 2019:

Chitrangada, I'm just glad I'm retired!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 09, 2017:

You are welcome Robert Sacchi!

Robert Sacchi on February 09, 2017:

thank you.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 08, 2017:

Thanks Robert Sacchi for reading and commenting on this hub!

I feel good that this is helpful to you.

Wish you all the best for the new job!

Robert Sacchi on February 08, 2017:

Thank you. Timely advice for me, new job.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 21, 2015:

Thank you PegCole17, for reading the hub and sharing your opinion.

Yes sometimes the criticism in the office can lead people to depression and a lack of enthusiasm to work in a productive manner.

Thanks for your insightful comments, which add more value to this hub.

Thank you!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 21, 2015:

Thank you Dianna, for reading and commenting on this hub!

Glad you liked it. I agree keeping positive is very important, even in the face of adverse situations.

Thanks and have a good day!

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on July 20, 2015:

You've identified a universal issue that affects workers and their productivity, self-esteem and success. I like your approach for handling this. Bosses often don't realize how demeaning their comments can be. If we can accept their input as just business rather than taking it personally it is often easier to handle.

Dianna Mendez on July 20, 2015:

You make some very useful suggestions, ChitrangadaSharon. I believe keeping positive and open helps to communicate your ideas best.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 12, 2013:

Thanks vespawoolf, for reading this hub and your positive feedback!

You are right, an environment full of conflict can be counter productive.

I am glad you liked the hub. Thanks for your insightful comments!

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on December 11, 2013:

I don´t enjoy an environment full of conflict, so these are great suggestions. I especially appreciate the need to recognize ones positive/negative traits and listen instead being defensive. Thank you!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 08, 2012:

Thanks girishpuri, for reading and commenting. I am pleased, you found it useful.

Girish puri from NCR , INDIA on December 08, 2012:

Very much useful hub, and you know, it happens in every office, thank you so much.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 07, 2012:

Thanks ausmedus, for visiting and your valuable comment.

Sallie Smith from Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines on October 07, 2012:

Thank you for sharing thch needed HUB. :)

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 07, 2012:

Thanks Kate Mc Bride, for stopping by and giving your valuable comments. I am glad you found it useful.

Kate McBride from Donegal Ireland on October 07, 2012:

There is very sound advice in this hub about workplace criticism whether it is deserved or not.Voted up and useful . Thank you for sharing this hub.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 02, 2012:

Thanks sangre, for the visit and your valuable feedback. Thanks for your support and appreciation.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on October 02, 2012:

Good advice for anyone who works with an annoying boss or even colleagues who critcise you. It's part of life and knowing how to handle it is a technique in itself. Voted up.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 18, 2012:

Thanks DDE, for your support and appreciation.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 17, 2012:

Interesting points mentioned here and definitely helpful to many thanks

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 29, 2012:

Thanks girishpuri, for visiting and your positive feedback. I am glad you found it useful.

Girish puri from NCR , INDIA on August 29, 2012:

Very nice and positive hub, that is what life is all about, positivity, positivity and you are through, great hub, voted useful.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 29, 2012:

Thanks VibrantViews, for stopping by and commenting. Thanks for your additional tips.

VibrantViews on August 28, 2012:

I've found managers can help :) MEdiation can work wonders!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 27, 2012:

Thanks Seeker7, for visiting and giving your valuable comment. I am glad you found it to be useful. Thanks again for all the support.

Helen Murphy Howell from Fife, Scotland on August 27, 2012:

An excellent hub! This is great information that many people will find very useful. Not only that, but the advice you give is also positive and not reactionary. Being positive is the best way to deal with situations if you possibly can.

This was a very enjoyable and interesting hub + voted up!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 23, 2012:

Thanks sujithbeta, for stopping by and giving your valuable comment.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 23, 2012:

Thanks jainismus, for visiting and appreciating.

Sreejith k from Kerala, India on August 23, 2012:

Great hub. Very useful to avoid criticism at work place. Thanks for sharing this useful hub.

Mahaveer Sanglikar from Pune, India on August 23, 2012:

Great tips, useful for everyone. Thank you for sharing.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 23, 2012:

Thanks jpcmc, for the visit and your valuable advise.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 23, 2012:

Thanks writer20 ( Joyce), for stopping by and commenting.

JP Carlos from Quezon CIty, Phlippines on August 22, 2012:

Being open to other people's criticisms is a great way to grow.

Joyce Haragsim from Southern Nevada on August 22, 2012:

I think any getting criticism should just blow it off.

Voted up, Joyce.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 22, 2012:

Thanks Ann810, for visiting and commenting. You are right in saying that verbal bullying should not be there, but constructive criticism is welcome. Thanks again.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 22, 2012:

Thanks MarleneB for appreciating and giving your valuable feedback. I am glad you liked it. Thanks again.

Ann810 from Sunny Cali on August 22, 2012:

Hi, I agree constructive criticism is what many people need, only if they can accept it. I welcome constructive criticism at work or anywhere, as long as it is not verbal bullying. Great article and well written. Voted up.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on August 22, 2012:

Your tips are very healthy and helpful advice. I agree with all of your tips and the one that I think most people fail to remember is that we should be open for feedback. I enjoy feedback, both positive and negative because it helps me get better. Great hub about dealing with criticism in the workplace. I think your ideas work in regular life, as well.