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Criticism at Work: How to deal with it


Criticism at work is a common thing. But is it as normal as we think it is? We have all faced Criticism at work, but how should we prepare for it. How should we deal with it? Can we teach our students about managing criticism at school or at work?

A great saying by Dale Carnegie is -

"Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain, but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving." 

How can we build this character and attitude in school or at work?

In many high school and college classes, such as economics, management studies, political science, and public administration are taught to the students. The main purpose of teaching these subjects is to prepare the students for various areas in society and to make he or she understand how a nation and its economy management run smoothing. These students are taught how to run a process, but they are never taught how to deal with problems in managements, especially how to deal with a difficult boss.  

If every student were taught how to cope with criticism at work then every student could prepare himself or herself for the harsh job environment. 


Types of Criticism

Criticism can show itself in two different forms. 

  1. Constructive: This type of criticism is when one gives their opinion about your work and what you have completed. It may be positive or negative, but it will help build your character and make you stronger in achieving your goals. Constructive criticism helps improve our work and our character. This type of criticism is focused on the work, in lieu of the person.

  2. Destructive: This type of criticism is usually intended to hurt someone deeply. When your superior or co-worker wants to harm you, destroy you, your prestige, your self esteem, and your reputation he or she will turn to destructive criticism. It it very rare for destructive criticism to be associated with you work, instead it tends to deal with the person.

In schools practical lessons should be given to students or workers on how to deal with their weak points and how to strengthen their strong points. Lectures and presentations that show how a management works should be shown to all students. This will help give the students a lessons in understanding the rules and functions of organizations. Furthermore, it will help them decide the field of work that this wishes to participate in.


Accept your mistakes: This is another trait that should be taught to students. Many times students and workers try to hide their mistakes from their teachers and bosses so that they will not experience the repercussions.

As famous proverbs says: 

"A man who refuses to admit his mistakes can never be successful." 

Deal with critical people: Some people are hard to handle in the workplace and they do not understand how deeply they are hurting other people's feelings. If you have encountered anyone like this you should not take his or her comments too much to heart. If you take your criticizers comments too seriously you will build resentment towards the other person. Remember, the person who criticizes everything to be hurtful is the one who needs help - not youth



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