Constructive criticism is something I receive on a regular basis. It doesn’t bother me. I know it’s the nature of the job. You work for a client - You get critiqued. It’s just the way it is. Unless you work for yourself and don’t ask for feedback from anyone.
I work closely with a coworker who cannot take constructive criticism. She seems to interpret it as a personal attack every time our boss asks her to try something a different way or to change something small.
To give you some background, my coworker shoots and edits videos and I do the graphic design. In the past, she has asked me for feedback of her work and I’ve given it to her, only to be met with excuses or justifications on why or why something is the way it is and why it wasn’t/“can’t” be done.
I’ve stopped giving honest feedback to avoid the irritation this causes me. In a meeting wth my boss the other day, this coworkers work came up and my boss confessed that she herself gets uncomfortable giving feedback to this person because she sees how angry it makes her. However, it doesn’t stop her from giving feedback, but I still think it’s pretty sad that my boss is uncomfortable voicing what changes she wants because of this persons inability to accept criticism. This coworkers work ethic (it’s terrible) is a whole nother post , but there’s that factor too.
I can’t help but think it’s silly to keep someone around working for you that you can’t even give honest feedback to. So maybe you can provide some insight:
What are your thoughts on this?
Is there some way I can deal with this?
How can I help someone receive constructive criticism?
Do you think constructive criticism is a learned skill or an inherent ability?