Feedback is necessary to grow.
We can look at it as constructive or destructive, but it is how we handle it that matters. Some people mean to help while others not so much. We have to remember, how we react is the thing that is within our control, not what other people say.
When you receive negative feedback at work (or even anywhere else), here are the ways to handle it best:
Don’t take it personally.
Feedback is not always about you or the other person giving you feedback. It is about what you need to improve on to be better. Do not take it against the other person or yourself because when you do this, you will hate yourself and when this happens, you may find it hard to work on the areas you need to improve on.
Focus on yourself.
Don’t focus on what was said to you; instead, spend your time and energy on becoming a better person. Sometimes, the feedback given may be hard to swallow, but once you open your mind to change and prepare yourself to improve, it gets easier. This is the same reason some people would rather openly ask for feedback instead of waiting for one because embracing and accepting it puts you ahead of the situation instead of behind it.
Aim to learn from your experience.
This is what it is about. Feedback is derived from your experience. Sometimes, you may think you have done something perfectly, and that is okay. However, one can only truly improve in all aspect of a job through feedback from a peer or a superior. This is how you can be better. This is the same principle followed by companies providing the best customer service. They rely on feedback to improve and do better every day. Granted, experience may not always be pleasant but one thing is certain, there is always something new to be learned from it.