At work, negative feedback can stifle a worker’s creativity if it comes from the boss or a colleague, according to an Academy of Management Journal article.
Receiving criticism from a manager puts employees on the defensive, making them worry about future pay raises and promotions, said Yeun Joon Kim of the University of Cambridge.
Getting a critique from a colleague fires up feelings of competition and also quashes creativity, said Kim, coauthor of “Does Negative Feedback Benefit (or Harm) Recipient Creativity? The Role of Direction in Feedback Flow.”
But one kind of criticism boosts creativity: When workers give negative feedback to their supervisors.