Critisism at the Workplace. Can you handle it?

Written by Amalia ~ Category: Career & Finance ~ Read Time: 2 min.

When someone hears the word criticism, his mind goes right to something negative. No one likes to be criticized, whether for personal or professional issues. Concerning the latter, all of us have received criticism, well-intentioned or not, and our first thought certainly was not pleasant. How constructive, though, is this reaction?

First of all, we should make clear that criticism is a form of evaluation. All of us make mistakes, and it is also expected that the supervisor or a colleague can point them out. It is not uncommon, though, for these remarks to be made maliciously and offensively.

However, we must welcome criticism to correct our mistakes and become better.

Therefore, focusing on the points that will improve our work is the best we can do, leaving aside any other comments that are not useful for this purpose.


It will surprise you how helpful — and exciting — it is to accept criticism, and even better, with a smile. Having good psychology when you receive criticism will help you focus on your mistakes in order to correct them. This attitude will also prove that one works with mature and responsible people who are ready to develop professionally and personally.

For this reason, extreme reactions are not upbuilding to anyone. Arguing shows immaturity and irritated people who are not willing to recover and possibly frequently cause problems. Accordingly, defense shows insecurity; it is a reaction of individuals who are not self-confident and are afraid to take risks. In any case, anger and aggressive reactions do not show professionalism. Sometimes even the answer, "I know," becomes a cause of contention.

Working environment criticism is inevitable.

And its purpose is not a personal offense to you. Whether you allow yourself to take it personally, it is your insecurity and fear that makes you react this way. Who likes being criticized? But if you want to evolve, you have to accept yourself and, of course, your mistakes. Even in the case of an insulting criticism, focus on what will take you forward.

Take advantage of it!

It took 2 coffees to write this article.

About the author


Amalia is the Teacher. She loves what she does. She is addicted to detail: if it isn’t perfect, it’s not good enough. She loves her job and she loves writing. She wants to learn new things and she is very curious about everything. Her favorite question: Why? She usually answers the questions by herself, though.

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