Criticism in the Workplace
By: Chase Nagata
Criticism is a crucial key element to a workplace, as it is important to know when to give it, how to give it, how to receive it, and what criticism you should take to consideration. It is the key factor to not only when to change an element of a company, but also when, how, and specifically why.
There are many people who deliver criticism in a direct manner, where nothing is sugarcoated and is straight to the point. Meanwhile, other people tend to try and make the truth or criticism easier to swallow, but might also have a hard time taking direct criticism when it is straight to the point. The key is to not let the criticism get the best of you, and try to listen to it the best to your will.
Many people take the criticism personally and that blinds their judgement on whether or not the criticism is worthwhile. A step in the right direction is to resist seeing it as personal and instead view it from a standpoint where it might or might not improve on the project. In many cases, sugarcoating the criticism is not the best road to improvement, and in many cases the bold truth might be harsh but also the most effective to improvement.
Another important part of criticism is the way that the criticism is given. There is a big difference between giving suggestions for improvement and condescendingly addressing what’s wrong with something. The tone and chosen words can really change how someone view’s your attitude and emotions, making it easier or harder for someone to listen.
Sometimes the best thing to do, if there is a nitpick or minute problem, is to not bring it up. If there is not a big problem with the project, it might do more damage than good to nitpick every single little problem with something. It might also reveal difficulty in growth if someone is critiqued too much.
On the other hand, it’s important for people to critique work, so it’s encouraged to sometimes force yourself to give criticism, as it’ll help you get better at it in the long run. After all, practice makes perfect.
Giving someone one objective to work on will help improve the work at a slower but more efficient rate. Even if there are many different flaws with someone, it’s important to focus on one at a time. So, focusing the criticism on one specific area at a time will make it easier for the creator to improve it without being caught up in the confusion of all the overwhelming critique.
Timing is important when it comes to giving criticism. Relevancy is important for critique to be fitting and well-said, so speaking criticism pertaining to the topic is the best time to discuss specific parts of the project. Speaking about irrelevant criticism might raise chances of the creator ignoring your two cents.
Criticism is never easy to accept and it’s not easy to properly give criticism to others, but it is deeply important to the path of improvement, and the feedback will be severely substantial to the company.