It’s not easy to hear that you’re doing something wrong. The term “constructive criticism” can sometimes feel like nothing more than a euphemism for something much more dire when you’re on the receiving end. But, there is quite a spectrum …
Even if you're the best employee in the history of paid work, you might get fired at some point in your career. Sometimes, it's no one's fault: you turned out to be a bad fit for the role and vice versa. Other times, you might have made a mistake, and paid a steep price for it. But the worst scenario is the one that's not your fault at all – but that still potentially haunts your job search afterward. In this week's round-up, we look at what one career expert advises job seekers who've been fired, plus how to repair a damaged professional relationship and how to give tough feedback.
Former Google and Apple University employee Kim Scott is making waves with her approach toward clearing the air at work. Much like Festivus' "airing of grievances," her theory of "radical candor" can be a saving grace when you're out to make a co-worker or report a better and happier employee. While we're often taught that if we don't have anything nice to say, we shouldn't say anything at all, her approach gets out ahead of problems before they become unresolvable.
In an ideal scenario, you go into your year-end review prepared, after 12 months of regularly meeting with your boss and getting her feedback as she observes your behavior on the job. You know what you're going to get and you're ready for it. But quite often, this is not the case – your manager hardly has any time to stop, you're caught up between projects and putting out fires, and you're lucky if you can catch a breather. So what do you do when you're having your performance review discussion with your manager and it isn't really going so well?
If you're a professor, teacher, or grad student, you're probably sick of hearing people say that you get the summer off. But for non-academic types, it seems like a sweet deal. This week's blog roundup looks at why those summer months aren't as much fun for teachers as they are for students; plus, insight into why feedback is so hard on so many of us, and what to do to really drive your co-workers crazy (if that's your goal).
Dishing out criticism is easier said than done, especially when it's to one of your peers. Here are a few things to consider before the big talk to ensure that your message is constructive rather than destructive.
Research shows that 65 percent of managers are "checked-out" at work, which means that there's a 65 percent chance that your boss is not so great. If you're unsure as to whether your direct manager is part of the misery-inducing majority, then here are a few surefire ways to tell. You're welcome and good luck.
Criticism can be extremely damaging, especially for career-oriented women who have been conditioned to care too much about what others think. In her article for The New York Times, author and business coach, Tara Mohr, says, "I often encounter women who don't voice their ideas or pursue their most important work because of dependence on praise or fears of criticism." We're here to try and encourage women to overcome this fear and learn to embrace criticism. Here's how.
There are many circumstances when offering praise, in a workplace setting, is appropriate. Likewise, there are many benefits to doing so. Everyone likes to feel appreciated and helping to create a positive and supportive culture in your company benefits you in the long run. Whether you need to thank a co-worker for their assistance, or show appreciation for team members you led on a specific project, offering praise isn't just the boss's job.