In an industry where collaborative work is the new norm, being able to communicate with team members and provide feedback has become a huge part of how we work. It is important to ensure that you can communicate your feedback clearly and respectfully in order to get your message across.
This is where constructive criticism comes into play. This is the difference between “this is bad” and “this could use some work, maybe try adding XYZ”. The difference may seem small, but when you are communicating with a team member these differences can lead to better results.
Here are some ways constructive criticism affects your workplace:
Creates a better learning environment
In a field like public relations, there is always room to learn and grow no matter what your title is or how many years of experience you have. One of the best ways to learn is by working with a colleague to see if you may have overlooked anything. By getting a co-worker to read over your work and offer their perspective, you may gain new point of view on things you may not have even considered. This newfound knowledge will ultimately lead you to produce work in a more critical way and have a new way of looking at future situations.
Creates a Relationship
As someone who is new to the industry, it is important that you feel comfortable going to your superior to look for feedback. Having leaders that can give you criticism and show you ways to improve will help employees feel confident in the work they are doing and motivated to try again taking into consideration the feedback/critique they were given. This relationship is especially important because it proves to employees that they are willing to invest time in your future at the company.
Make the most of it
So now that we know how to give colleagues feedback, we can learn how to make the most of it!
One of the most important takeaways of constructive criticism is to not take it personally. At the end of the day, receiving feedback will help you gain insights on different ways to work that can help you better your work habits.
It is important to take this feedback into consideration for all the work you do, not just the one project you asked for feedback on. This shows your colleagues that you actively listened to what they said, you appreciate the time they spent going through it with you, and you want to improve for next time
The difference between criticism and constructive criticism may seem trivial, however it can be the difference between feeling empowered and gaining valuable experience and feeling disheartened and lost. By not taking constructive criticism personally and instead looking at it as an opportunity to create and build a trusted relationship as well as the opportunity to further your own growth will really benefit your career long term.