Criticism:

Everybody, in course of one’s life, has received criticism. However, at the business or workplace, though accolades are motivational tools every employee work towards receiving, there are often times when they are showered with anything but praises, however, organizations have realized that when criticism is given in a poor manner. It will not only lower engagement levels but also hamper productivity. But when shared with a noble intent can increase employee motivation and foster productivity.

Hence, employee needs to understand that it’s simply an “uncomfortable” way of improving one’s job performance and learning new skills. This kind of feedback is never individual targeted but fact based or work related. And it works best if criticism is not directed to an individual, but is more in the form of specific areas of work that need improvement.

The best time to give a negative feedback is immediately after a project or an event that has lead to it. “It is advisable not to store such negative feedback and deliver it in one shot long after the incident/event is over. However, a negative feedback should also include positive elements on how the employees can improve themselves and avoid such mistakes in their future endeavors.”

The learning curve:

Some says that it is imperative for employees to take these kinds of reviews in their stride and derive maximum learning’s out of it. They say that accepting a negative review as a performance enhancing tool can help the employee grow in his/her career.

The employee needs to evaluate the feedback as being pertaining to his/her work. Instead of being defensive. The employee should display maturity to objectively evaluate the feedback and undertake corrective action on any points where there is a slippage in performance.

Constructive criticism has the potential to bring consciousness about mistakes, negative traits and helps take corrective steps for improvising productivity. Look at the constructive side of such a feedback and try and work out an action plan, share it with your manager and keep him/her posted on the progress that is being made.

Remember not to repeat those mistakes again. In the end, No manager or boss will criticize you without a reason. So, the next time you feel that you are about to be reviewed negatively. Take it positive sign for improvement, because it can only get better and best.

All the best in your field…where success has a different steps.