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Responding to feedback in the world of employment

Have you thought about the way you respond to feedback?  As an employee?  As a manager?  And how it could affect how you are perceived?  And your career progression?  The giving and the receiving of feedback are really important factors in accomplishing high-quality work and improving workplace engagement.  How you react to that feedback is even more important.  There are typically two ways people can respond to constructive or, indeed, critical feedback:

Which of the above do you default to?

Feedback can be a challenge for anyone to hear.  It may make you feel vulnerable.  It may make you feel hard done by. Whilst these feelings are natural, it’s important to remember that all feedback affords a development opportunity to learn, progress and improve.  It can also be a backhanded compliment. 

The better you are, the more your manager may decide to feed back to you as they may perceive that you have more room for growth and improvement than someone who is less capable.  They may also be more easily disappointed when you don’t meet your typical high standards on a particular occasion.

Feedback is a crucial part of advancing your professional development.  Try to develop the ability to receive feedback gracefully, even if you may not always agree with it.  Take your time to acknowledge it, consider it and see things from the other person’s perspective.  Use it to help you to improve upon the way you tackle things going forward.