Accepting constructive criticism from your employer
Performance reviews and critical feedback sessions are all part of the employment deal. How you cope and grow from these interactions is the key to your future career development.
No one is a perfect employee (or person). Excellence is gained by constant reflection and improvement…there is no other pathway.
Accepting feedback demonstrates your listening skills and dedication to doing a better job by responding to what is negative input. The point to accept is that the feedback comes from good intentions to assist you to improve and thrive in your job.
Always be prepared to ask questions…don’t just sit there silently. By interacting with questions you show your respect and genuine interest in boosting your performance.
Treat feedback as an opportunity to advance your career and build positive relationships with your managers.
Ensure that you summarise the criticism to avoid any crossed wires or mixed messages...leave nothing to chance.
At all times appear gracious and thank the person for pointing out these areas for attention.
A few weeks later send the manager an email with bullet points confirming the positive actions that you have initiated.
Building strong relationships and maintaining open communications with all levels of management is critical to your career advancement.
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