I’m a member of a student organization, and I sometimes get negative feedback on ideas that I suggest. I’m able to take their feedback and make something positive of it. But there are times when negative feedback can come across as an insult, and it all depends on tone and delivery. Here are some tips that will help you give negative feedback in a way that doesn’t hurt someone’s feelings.
Feedback in the workplace helps employees and managers improve. But if you’re giving feedback, it’s a good idea to do it in a collaborative setting. Try starting meetings with self-reviews and ways to improve in the future.
If you’re receiving negative feedback, you have to be open-minded. You can’t be instantly offended because you feel like you’re being criticized. The other person may be doing you a favor. It’s all of matter of communication and listening.
Disagreements are bound to happen while getting negative feedback, but that’s okay. Approach the situation with an open mind, and try to find common ground to improve.
If negative feedback is given in a genuine way, it should help instead of hurting. Constructive criticism can make someone better and more efficient. If you’re getting negative feedback from someone who genuinely likes you, it’s because they want you to become a better person. But if don’t think the person giving feedback has good intentions, you should check out this infographic on working with difficult people.