July 28, 2009

On The Job ... How to deal with workplace criticism

While browsing the net this morning, I came across a great blog posting from Danielle LaPorte who writes for Intent.com, a wellness website.

LaPorte's posting was inspired by an e-mail she received from a reader who wanted to know how to deal with, work through, and accept criticism given in a workplace. I thought it was an excellent article as LaPorte offers 11 great and easy-to-apply tips.

Frankly, I wish I'd had something similar when I was first starting out in the workforce. Back then, I remember being the subject of criticism - "Andrew, the coffee you ground is too fine" or "Andrew, these name tags are too big".

Somehow, I managed to work though it and I've always said that feedback, whether positive or negative, forces me to identify what I'm good at and what I need to work on.

And it's the same for most other students - since student/youth employees tend to have less experience, they find themselves dealing more often with workplace criticism and/or suggestions. Some of it deserved and some of it not - but the most important thing is to know how to handle it, learn from it, and move on.

As such, I definitely recommend reading LaPorte's posting. It's an important read for anybody in the workforce today, because, let's face it, we all experience some form of criticism at some point or another.

And as LaPorte says, "criticism is a call to be your classiest self" - so rather than get angry and defensive, check out her article and learn how to hear it, process it, cope with it, and ultimately, move on.

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