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How to handle harsh criticism

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How to handle harsh criticism (Thinkstock photos/Getty Images)

Whether it's with your colleagues, friends or family, there are times when you will face criticism or flak for your work, behaviour or actions. While sometimes, it may genuinely be constructive criticism, which could benefit you, most times is it simply harsh, unfair criticism, usually stemming from an insecure individual. This can be a demoraliser. Here's how you can deal in such situations.

-The first thing you should try doing is ignoring it, especially if the criticism is coming from the same source, time and again. You need to decide if this person is worth having around you. After all, people who love and care about you, shouldn't constantly be trying to knock you down.

-If someone is saying something derogatory, try not to defend yourself. As hard as it sounds, becoming defensive in a situation like this will mean, that you actually care about what the person is saying or are hurt by his/her words. You d…

Top 10 distractions at work

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Top 10 distractions at work (Thinkstock photos/Getty Images)

Even minor interruptions like checking cellphone is sufficient to axe one's ability to complete a task.

You don't need a lengthy break or something catastrophic to occur in order to distract you from completing a given task at work. According to American researchers, even a few seconds of moementary interruption can practically ruin one's ability to complete a task. Interruptions can come in various like various forms, such as receiving a text message or the fact that a colleague just walked through the door and interrupted an important conversation. Such distractions can prove to be quite disastrous for professionals such as airplane mechanics and emergency room doctors, said researcher Erik Altmann who led the study.

The study involved around 300 subjects in a sequence-based procedure on a computer found that interruptions of about three seconds doubled the rate of errors. Altman states: "What this means i…

People who make work interesting

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People who make work interesting (Thinkstock photos/Getty Images)

We spend major part of our lives at the workplace. Hence the environment should be such that we should be able to look forward to work and not dread it.

Among several other things that make your workplace tolerable, the most important are the people or colleagues as we call them. We do have our loyal set of friends, both from childhood and college. However, we do meet some interesting people at our workplace too who go on to become our best buddies for life. There are all kinds of people at work and the list can be exhaustive. However, here are a few interesting ones that are part of every organisation.

Altruistic: This person would go out of his way to make others happy, sometimes at the cost of getting himself in trouble. People take undue advantage of him for their selfish gains.

Chamchi: She loves to be in the good books of the boss. She's willing to go the extra mile to make the boss happy. She will spy on coll…