How to Handle Criticism in the Workplace
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue


No one is always right or does everything perfect. It’s a fact of life. But sometimes, taking criticism can be tricky, especially if it comes from a superior who signs your checks. Criticism is a healthy part of good communication and leadership, but it can lead to hard feelings if you’re at the other side of it.

Brazen Careerist offers steps on how to respond to criticism in the office, so you can learn, keep your cool—and your job:

Remove yourself from the situation.
Vent–but choose your ventees wisely.
Schedule some private time with the person who gave you the criticism.
Think through the criticism.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.