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Jakarta Post

Accepting work-related criticism, gracefully

  • Sebastian Partogi


Jakarta   /   Wed, July 1 2020   /  01:00 am
Learn, grow with criticism: It can be difficult to learn from other people’s criticism, but the human brain actually has the capacity to wire and rewire itself to be able to learn new things. Those who seek to learn from others’ criticism can also rely on strong social support from coworkers.(

Responding to criticism at work might be a challenge for many of us, as we are apt to take it personally. But learning to accept criticism and feedback from others gracefully can help you to develop both personally and professionally. Managing director Hora Tjitra of management consultancy Tjitra and Associates said that emotional control – our ability to refrain from reacting emotionally– should be on top of mind whenever we hear or read another’s criticism about our work or performance. “There are some people who are too quick to be defensive on being criticized by a coworker. Even if somebody is criticizing you merely to vent their negative emotions, it’d be helpful if you to practice active listening to really hear what that person is really saying to you, to assess whether what they are saying is useful to you or not,” Hora told The Jakarta ...