I’ve been asked to provide feedback on an ongoing team project involving some very egocentric coworkers and I don’t know how to accomplish this without creating workplace enemies!
Yes there is postive or constructive criticism and I agree with the others who've replied about how to deliver your comments. I do want to point out that if these folks are very egocentric it may not matter how you deliver your feedback. I've found some individuals will turn on you no matter how kind or positive, just go into with your eyes wide open.
It's called constructive criticism. Highlight good points and corrective.
Start off with positive notes and talk about the greatness of the project. Set a positive tone and the criticism will be less harsh. No one is going to like it. Cover with your supervisor and ask for advice from him/her about the discussions/notes of criticism.
I like your question and was compelled to respond. I have learned that there is such a thing as positive criticism. If the criticism is given in a non malicious manner and received to help instead of hinder. The positive side to the criticism should be given to help see or do something in another way, not necessarily or always a better way.. With all criticism, it should be taken as one persons opinion. Personally, through positive criticism I have matured and developed a sense of self awareness that still guides my direction in life. In the corporporate world, , such criticism most certainly has taught me to learn policy and procedure in order to legally and ethically deal with criticism given in any discriminatory manner. Knowing your civil rights as well as legal prorocesses will help in deciding if the criticism is indeed positive..
I think there's totally such a thing as positive criticism! The trick, I think, is to stay respectful. It's important to acknowledge the importance and effectiveness of the other employees' work but to then point out what might not be working and how it could possible be made better. Just remember to be respectful in how you approach the issue!
That said, though, there are some people who cannot take any criticism, no matter how constructive. They may bristle at it even if you're respectful and kind. What you should absolutely do is be honest, be calm, and be able to back up all of your opinions with fact. Even if people don't like to be criticized, it's a lot harder to try to reject a fact-based argument. Good luck!
Talk on the greatness of the project and begin on a positive note. If you adopt a positive attitude, the criticism will be less severe. It won't be popular with anyone. Discuss the discussions/notes of criticism with your supervisor and get his or her opinion. the backrooms