Everyone wants to do better in their work, but sometimes the criticism that comes with it is not well communicated and only hurts or annoys the other person. Those in Leadership positions are especially required to understand how to communicate better constructive criticism for the project to run smoothly. There are many different tips for giving constructive criticism and most feature around respect.
Lack of respect for the other person even when they are doing something wrong is only asking for that person to see you as an attacker, and that will prevent any progress. To avoid any drama in the workplace, it’s best to use language that respects the recipients and doesn’t come across as accusatory or rude. This helps get your point across and allows the recipient to be more receptive to accepting feedback.
Staying on the subject is very important. This may tie in a little with respecting the other person. When you keep focusing on the subject instead of your judgment of the person’s actions, you help bolster trust between the two of you, which will help the person listen to your advice more. Always remember that the subject is the most important part of whatever project you’re on, so there’s no need to stir negative emotions to deflect from what’s most important.
Also, be aware that the person you are giving constructive criticism has their own life and goals. In order to respect that, you must understand that a person rejecting your criticism may have other reasons at that moment. It’s best not to take things too personally. When a person rejects your advice, it may be best to give them time before giving it to them again. Some things to consider when choosing the correct timing for advice might be an emotional or physical block that prevents your advice from being important at the moment. Again, don’t take it personally.
Constructive criticism should never be used as a way to pick on another person just because you don’t like them. Also, try to refrain from thinking that just because you use it correctly that a person needs it. Sometimes t’s all about understanding the needs of the other person first so you can make a better judgment when trying to help them.
Article originally published on JohnRosata.com