Can you handle the truth—even if it’s from your boss?
A new study shows that if you can handle criticism at work you will be happier at your job. They key is to have an open mind and a willingness to hear the lesson behind the critique.
That's the conclusion of a recent study based on the Sensitivity to Criticism Test from PsychTests.
USA Today reports the study shows that people who tend to be defensive about criticism are less happy with their job, have low performance ratings and low self-esteem.
Of course, it's never easy to hear that you did a poor job on your annual report or at your last board meeting.
But Illona Jerabek, president of PsychTests, says "those who are able to get past the harsh outer shell of criticism to the nugget of wisdom at its core will possess one of the major keys to success.”
The research also found that women are more likely to take criticism personally and be hard on themselves for not doing something well. Men were more likely to convince themselves the critic is wrong, even arguing with the critique.
The people who became most defensive were those more likely to have the lowest self-esteem.
So the next time you're critiqued at work, keep an open mind. Be interested instead of defensive.
When you hear criticism, ask this: How might I approach this differently?
According to the USA Today story, doing this will not only help you learn and improve, but it will likely make both you AND your boss you happier with the job you're doing.
I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.