Welcome comments: as an Asian professional, I was told that North Americans don’t like to give out harsh criticism. And to really get an understanding of how I was doing, I should (cont’)

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I’d say if no one gives you “harsh” criticism then I’d ask for “constructive criticism” or said another way “how do you think I can improve?”. I agree I see some teams are hesitant to provide negative feedback in a review, so if you find your teams are this way, and you want this sort of feedback, ask for it outside of the formal review (e.g. a feedback discussion or in a 1:1 social situation with someone.

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There are some people that don’t give harsh criticism because they don’t want to be mean. I would say an even greater percentage of people though just aren’t very good at giving feedback so that’s why they can’t give constructive criticism. It’s not as easy a skill as it might seem.

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Just ask them if there is something you can work on

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Really let ppl know that I can take harsh comments. Please don’t hide anything. Thoughts?

Yes, I think it's true that a high percentage of North Americans avoid giving criticism... Americans and Canadians for sure, though I don't have work experience with Mexico. Earlier in my career I worked with managers from the UK and was surprised how different they were in that regard, but appreciated it. If you're working with a team that isn't doing that, I'd suggest asking how you can improve (a bit more positive spin on saying you can take harsh feedback).

I had a check in with my manager, and told her straight up to not beat around the bush and tell me directly what I need to improve on. I’m not interested in hearing what I’m good at, that is expected

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