Even though it is part of every job, many people find it intimidating to give criticism at work to their colleagues, especially if it is to a supervisor or direct report. Whether you are uncomfortable with confrontation or don’t know how to correctly phrase your critiques, giving criticism can be a tricky thing.
Although many employees are afraid to speak up, criticism is essential to building a better workplace. Companies thrive on feedback. It lets employees know what they’re doing well and what they can improve on. But how are people supposed to improve without knowledge of their potential weaknesses?
Embrace opportunities to give and receive criticism and use them skillfully. As someone who is being reviewed, take your colleagues’ suggestions seriously to become the best possible employee you can be. Be honest when evaluating your colleagues, so they have the opportunity to improve their quality of work. This behaviour will help your company to achieve a higher level of success and lead to higher engagement among employees, overall happiness and fulfilment at work.