Note: This is a guest post by Fundera. The author’s views are entirely his own and may not reflect the views of Infopixi Blog.
You’re sitting at your desk going over some instructions for an upcoming report for a huge client. As you’re sifting through the instructions, you come across some grammatical errors and misspellings. You feel lost and aren’t sure how to interpret these instructions, but you know this report has to be perfect!
Even though it is part of every job, many people find it very intimidating to give criticism to their colleagues, especially if it is to their supervisors or direct reports. You may be scared to hurt someone’s feelings or don’t know how to put your critiques into words.
The last thing you want to do is come off as disrespectful towards a superior. Or maybe you are just uncomfortable with confrontation. Whether it is something you notice in real-time or something you’re inclined to bring up in a formal meeting, criticism can definitely be tricky.
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Although many employees are afraid to speak up, criticism is a vital part to the improvement in the workplace. Companies thrive on both positive and negative feedback. It lets employees know what they’re doing well and what they could stand to improve on. But how are people supposed to improve without knowledge of their potential weaknesses?
It’s time to stop feeling anxious about giving criticism. Being honest when evaluating your colleagues gives them the opportunity to improve on their quality of work. This will, in turn, help your company to achieve a higher level of success. This leads to greater engagement among employees, less turnover, and greater professional development.
Need some guidance on how to give constructive criticism? We’ve got you covered. Follow these nine tips from Fundera on how to present your employees with the feedback they’ll truly appreciate in their long-term careers.
Give your colleagues the opportunity to improve and thrive in your organization by checking out this infographic on how to criticize constructively.
Image Credit: 9 No-Fail Tips for Giving Constructive Criticism at Work, by Fundera