Don’t Get Defensive: Use Feedback from Your Boss to Improve Your Job

by Katy Bruegenhemke | Feb 02, 2017

Defensiveness is a poor quality to display in the workplace. It rarely shows your skills or value to employers and comes across as having a negative or victim-playing personality. Rather, you should actively seek out and implement advice and  job feedback to better grow your career. Here are a few tips for making sure you don’t take things personally.

Request Feedback on a Regular Basis

Sometimes, defensiveness is simply the natural response to not hearing much criticism on a regular basis. When some does come your way, it can seem overwhelmingly negative when it likely was meant to be constructive. To lessen the sting of criticism, try requesting it on a more regular basis. With time and practice you will become more inclined to accept feedback with grace and incorporate criticism into your project planning to perform at a higher level. The opportunity for growth is incredibly valuable, just remember that the feedback you receive can help you get to that next level.

Always Strive to Do Better

You are likely well aware of your own professional strengths and weaknesses. While having those weaknesses paraded in front of you can be uncomfortable, remember that everyone has them. Embracing feedback as an opportunity to help you perform at a higher level will help you let go of any negativity. Eagerness to improve is always well received.

Keep a Little Perspective

Even if you made a legitimate mistake and are feeling the blunt end of your team’s opinion of that mistake, keep your larger career path in mind to avoid dwelling too much on the error. Nobody is perfect, and it’s highly likely that your own boss has a story or two about mistakes they have made. The important thing is to learn from mistakes and keep a positive attitude. Chances are in a year or two, you won’t even remember a little blunder that inspired some feedback. You will, however, remember how you succeeded after implementing that advice.

Delay Your Response

If you feel the feedback you received was overly harsh or uncalled for, it’s possible you are reacting defensively without even thinking about the situation. Take some time to clear your head. Go for a walk. Talk about something unrelated with a co-worker. Then come back to the situation once you are able to look at the feedback from a less emotional place. In a similar way, if you ever want to send an email off in anger or defense when you have received some criticism, go ahead and write it up, but save the draft. Take a look again later that day when you are not so passionate about what you have to say, and you will be better able to reign in your emotions and self-edit what you plan to send.

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