Guest blog by Paula Paixao
Owner of PaulaPassion.com
See also: The Economics of Empathy- http://blog.cx.com/business-tips/the-economics-of-empathy/
It goes without saying that honesty is the best policy, but with friendships, feelings and fear of loss, sometimes it could be difficult to implement in the workplace. It’s always a little challenging to give and receive constructive criticism, and that’s something that even years of experience might not be able to change. As an artist and graphic designer, I’ve found that sometimes the most difficult thing to do is be honest with your co-workers and clients in this regard. We’ve all been there — you’re sitting down with your co-workers and going over some ideas, when suddenly an awful design or idea pops up — and you’re too afraid to say anything about it.
It’s important that you learn to speak up amongst your co-workers so that you can help them grow and further develop their skills. Don’t be afraid to tell your co-workers how you feel about their work. Think of it as a building-up instead of breaking-down — you’re helping a fellow co-worker expand his or her horizons. Part of being successful as a professional and as a person in general is being headstrong about your opinions and how they correlate to the current market style. Business environments should be expected to be supportive in general, and that means that co-workers should be open to feedback from others – even if it’s not always what you want to hear. By soliciting and giving honest feedback, you’ll only work to strengthen your whole team. (more…)