Imagine I received the work done by a colleague, and I reviewed it. I realize that it still needs improvement. Consider that
- I want to be precise afterwards. I will tell him/her exactly what is not done as expected,
- I want to be honest, and tell him/her my true thinking,
It depends on the person
- A highly skilled expert would be happy to get some feedback, because he is confident of his work, and knows that he is one of the best in his domain.
- A newbie, who made a lot of efforts to provide a not really good solution, could be offended by the truth.
It also depends on the culture
In a country like in Europe/France, people criticize often.
But in other countries (like East Asia/Taiwan), you must be more cautious with criticism.
I guess it also depends on the situation, but I have no example in mind.
Is there a wording or a way to say that someone’s job needs improvement that would never be offensive?