What to Do When You Get Negative Feedback at Work

first_imgGetting negative feedback is never easy—even if you know it’s coming. Even worse, being blindsided when you think you’re doing a great job can be a major confidence hit. But here’s the thing: Pretty much everyone gets constructive criticism at some point during their career. This included the most successful people you know.  In fact, the best managers are ones who are able to let you know in a friendly but firm way exactly how you can improve, take your work to the next level, and better manage your responsibilities. In a sense, getting negative feedback can actually be a good thing, even though it might not feel like it at the time. Here, we asked HR pros to tell us exactly how to handle the moments, days, and weeks after receiving negative feedback, plus how to take it all in stride. 1. Don’t take it personally.Yes, you’ve probably heard this advice before, but there’s a reason for that. “Often, employees take negative feedback to mean their leader doesn’t like them,” says Krishna Powell, executive coach and HR consultant. Most of the time, this is not the case at all. “Feedback is given because your leader sees you have the ability to do better, to become greater, or to master your skillset,” she notes. When you think of it that way, it’s actually sort of like a compliment. Of course, that doesn’t make it easier to hear, but focusing on the fact that your boss knows you can perform at a higher lever can help you see that negative feedback is actually not the worst thing in the world. “The most important thing to remember is feedback gives the receiver power. Power to manage perceptions because feedback can tell you how people view you. Power to become better or stronger because feedback reveals your area of weakness. And feedback can give you power to control your career because it can redirect the path you’re on.” It’s natural to be bummed out at first, but with some mental reframing, you can get to a much more positive place.6 Leadership Skills You Never Knew You Needed2. Make sure you’re totally clear on the issue. Most managers don’t enjoy giving negative feedback, so a conversation about your performance that’s less than glowing might be on the shorter side. Add into that your potential emotional response, and there’s a lot of room for miscommunication. “Sometimes it’s difficult to listen and to retain everything you hear in a meeting when your emotions may be off-kilter,” explains Jana Tulloch, C.P.H.R., HR Manager for Develop Intelligence. This is a good opportunity to practice active listening to make sure you and your boss are understanding each other clearly. “Try restating the issue back to your manager to confirm you’re on the same page about the issue and what is expected going forward. This provides an opportunity to clarify any misunderstandings, as well as ask any questions,” she says. The last thing you want is to be working away on correcting the wrong issue. 3. If you disagree, do so with tact. It’s a common response to immediately feel defensive after receiving negative feedback, and the truth is that mistakes do happen. In feedback situations, however, they don’t happen that often, so it’s important to make sure you’re definitely being critiqued in error before saying that you believe the feedback you’re getting is wrong. First, be completely sure that you understand the feedback that’s been given and the reasoning behind it. If you’re confident that the negative feedback was given in error and you decide to say something about it, “it is imperative that you push back with diplomacy and tact,” says Tawanda Johnson, CEO of RKL Resources, a national Human Resources Consulting firm. “Supervisors are often juggling many hats and sometimes things fall through the cracks. They are human. Strong supervisors will own up to their mistakes and will thank the employee for bringing something to their attention.”What Is Emotional Intelligence, and Why Everyone Needs It4. Show initiative ASAP.If the feedback is not wrong, the best thing you can do moving forward is come up with a plan to fix the problem. Take initiative and show you care about improving. “If you want to continue to grow in your career, either within your current company or with another, you should respond back to your supervisor within a couple of days,” says Dorris Hollingsworth, President of Evergreen HR Group, an HR and business consulting firm in the Atlanta market. “Ideally, you will have some time to think about the feedback and identify one or two things you can do to address the issues raised.” For example, if you’ve been told you need to improve your communication style, then you might talk to a peer about how they communicate on their work projects and then compare that information to what you normally do. Then, share your findings with your boss. “Let your supervisor know that you have looked at other ways to communicate with a team and plan to adopt some of the methods in your work,” says Hollingsworth. “Lastly, put it into practice.”5. Think about the long game. It’s a good idea to follow up in a more long-term way, as well, since often it takes some work to make real change in habits. “After 30 to 60 days, I always recommend people follow up on the negative feedback they have received,” says Powell. “You should say something like, ‘I have given a great deal of thought to the feedback you have given me and I have made the following changes,’” she suggests. This shows that you took the feedback to heart and importantly, that you care about improving. Chances are, if you’re committed to making a change, some very positive feedback awaits in your next performance review.last_img read more

Money Etiquette: Holiday Gift-Giving on a Budget

first_img Post navigation The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or view of Intuit Inc, Mint or any affiliated organization. This blog post does not constitute, and should not be considered a substitute for legal or financial advice. Each financial situation is different, the advice provided is intended to be general. Please contact your financial or legal advisors for information specific to your situation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) RelatedHow to Afford the Holidays this Year: The Skip and Stagger ApproachOctober 24, 2019In “Saving”How to Plan Your Budget for the HolidaysOctober 3, 2018In “Budgeting”How to Keep Your Budget in Check this Holiday SeasonOctober 25, 2018In “Budgeting” When it comes to gift-giving over the holidays, my good friend Richard is a pro at the “shrug it off” approach. Last year he didn’t purchase gifts for anyone. And on Christmas morning, during his family’s standard “gather around the tree and open gifts” ritual, when it came Richard’s turn to hand out his gifts for others, he was empty-handed. While there was a bit of awkwardness and side-eye action going on, he simply endured the tension.While Richard is extremely frugal and his family almost expects him to skip gift-giving, this may not be the case for everyone.If adhering to a “no-gift” policy this holiday season isn’t something you can or want to do, how can you approach gift-giving without coming off like a “no fun”, non-participatory curmudgeon?Here’s the thing: You can cut back on how much you spend on a gift in a tactful manner. Here’s a short list of “dos” and “don’ts” for holiday gift-giving on a budget:Do: Make a Pact Ahead of Time Work out an agreement with your friends, both immediate and extended family members, and even co-workers. I don’t buy holiday gifts for my friends, but rather indulge them for their birthdays.Over the years my immediate family and I have agreed on setting a hard limit on how much to spend on gifts. And for extended family members, we’ve settled on a White Elephant exchange among the adults, and gifts just for the kids. My partner and I aren’t into gift-giving in general. We’re super particular and practical about our belongings, we’ve agreed to donate to a charity instead.Do: Set ExpectationsDon’t be afraid of being the first one to breach the topic. Set expectations ahead of time so that everyone gets on the same page. Chances are that your loved ones are sharing the same concerns about overspend as you. That way no one’s feelings get hurt and no one feels “stiffed.” They may even breathe a sigh of relief that they’re off the hook on buying gifts.Don’t: Be a Tacky Regifter We all have a tacky regifter in our lives. The one who gives you a sweater that is something you’d never wear, or is three sizes too large. Or the one who looked like she bought a bunch of knick-knacks from her grandma’s closet, and hastily stuffed them in a gift bag (unless that’s your jam).I have nothing against regifting. I do it all the time. But there’s certainly a tasteful way to approach it. For one, figure out what the person likes receiving. You might even take a peek at their Amazon wish list. Then, match up stuff you’ve been gifted to the giftee. The key is to put some thought into it. Also: new stuff you come across from a swap or Buy Nothing Project group is great for regifting. And don’t overlook gift cards. As long as the gift card is for a retailer or restaurant that the giftee likes, it could certainly come off thoughtful.Do: Try the Double-Up Tactic Consider the “double-up” approach. What this means is try to find ways to spend on gifts by spending on things you would spend money on anyway. And spend your time in a way that’s fun for you. For instance, if you make a point to donate to charity at year’s end, consider making a small donation made to a charity on behalf of someone in lieu of a physical present. You might enjoy scouring through the different non-profits. Of if you want to travel more and have a budget for it, suggest gifting fun day trip with a friend on your list.As a pseudo-minimalist, I personally get bogged down by my belongings, in both owning and buying stuff. That doesn’t mean that I never buy stuff, or won’t buy gifts for loved ones who enjoy receiving presents. But I do try to be careful with “browsing” and the time I spend shopping. On the flip side, if you enjoy shopping, then, by all means do so. Just be careful with sticking to your holiday budget.Don’t: Make Exceptions to Your Budget That killer Black Friday deal you want to swoop in on, or fearing your gift won’t be good enough. Leave those temptations and emotions at the door. You created a holiday budget for a reason, and it’s important that you stick to it. Otherwise, you’ll be suffering from holiday debt hangover.Try to keep your holiday top of mind by reviewing it every week or so, and making tweaks as necessary. And don’t forget to assign a spending limit to each person on your gift list and commit to that limit. It’s helpful to remind yourself that the holidays come every year, and exchanging gifts is a small part of it. There’s no reason to go into debt if you can avoid doing so.Do: Give Yourself Permission to Do the Minimum Many of us feel the strain of obligation and expectation over the holiday season. Paying more than you can comfortably afford on a gift as a sign of love to a person. Or finding yourself mired in an “I must spend the same amount as my rich cousin Janice” thought cycle.You don’t have to skip gift-giving altogether, but be cool with doing the minimum. Do you need to give everyone in your department a present, or will a plate of baked goodies suffice? Can you offer a single gift for an entire family, instead of buying individual presents? While you may be doing a little less, you’re also showing that you’ve thought of them over the holidays.If you’re a people pleaser, this may be tough-going. Setting boundaries is a form of self-care, and self-care takes discipline. The path to kindness, particularly to your pocketbook, may not be what initially bodes well with your gut instinct. Give yourself the okay with doing less regardless, and be cool with the fact that not everyone may march to the beat of your drum.Practicing etiquette with holidays gift-giving takes a bit of finesse, tact, and thinking outside the box. But by knowing the dos and don’ts, you’ll skillfully maneuver gift-giving without blowing your budget.last_img read more

BMW iNEXT To Get Battery Cells From CATL

first_img Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on November 9, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News BMW iNEXT Concept Touches Down Around The Globe BMW iNEXT confirmed to use CATL batteries.The upcoming Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited (CATL) battery factory in Erfurt, Germany will supply battery cells for the all-electric long-range BMW iNEXT model.The cells for iNEXT will be produced from 2021, and then assembled into battery packs in the BMW Group plant in Dingolfing.“At the beginning of the third quarter, the BMW Group signed a long-term contract with the Chinese company Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited (CATL) to supply battery cells with a value of four billion euros. The award of this contract was a decisive factor in CATL’s decision to build the world’s most advanced battery cell manufacturing facility in Germany. From 2021 onwards, cells for the BMW iNEXT – which will be manufactured at the BMW Group plant in Dingolfing – will be supplied by the new CATL plant in Erfurt. The BMW Group has thereby anchored the entire e-mobility value chain in Germany – from battery cell production through to the finished vehicle.” Source: Electric Vehicle News More about CATLcenter_img iNEXt will not be the only model powered by CATL, as the Chinese manufacturer received an order for €4 billion (€4.5 billion) of batteries. Only €1.5 billion falls on the German facility, while the rest are to be produced in China (where BMW also produces and sell plug-ins – the BMW iX3 is to be produced in China).The other model which we believe will get CATL cells could be the BMW i4, but the possibilities are endless and BMW probably will pragmatically select various batteries for various models depending on the situation.The main supplier for the BMW i3/i8 and other models was and still is Samsung SDI. In-Depth Look At CATL’s Massive Battery Factory In Germany CATL Commands 40% Of Chinese Battery Market This Yearlast_img read more