Originally published on U.S. News & World Report
Let’s be real here: No one likes negative feedback. Criticism in the workplace can be especially painful. After all, we all want to do a good job. Hearing that you’ve fallen short of expectations can be a serious blow to the ego. Even worse, it can create all kinds of stress and fear as you suddenly begin to second-guess yourself at every turn.
Still, your superiors—and sometimes even your peers—have to be able to give honest feedback, both good and bad. How else will you ever improve? Admittedly, some people are better at it than others. But accepting and learning from negative feedback is an inevitable part of life in the workplace—even if it deflates your ego a bit in the process. Here are a few tips that might help make it a little easier.