As leaders, we all want our employees to fully understand that feedback is a tool we use to maximize performance and enhance job satisfaction. Therefore, it is a tool we will employ frequently and with everyone. It is important that employees become comfortable receiving feedback and in fact, expect it! When employees anticipate feedback as the general rule rather than the exception, they are less likely to feel intimidated by it and of course, are more apt to see the feedback as a beneficial process.
The old adage “No news is good news” no longer holds true in the workplace, especially for our younger generation of employees or those who are upwardly mobile. Indeed, few employees like operating in darkness and fewer still enjoy receiving “feedback” regarding a laundry list of needs -improvement items during a scheduled performance review rather than at the time of the infringement. Giving timely employee feedback helps ensure that concerns will be quickly and adequately addressed.
Even when things are running smoothly, employees benefit from feedback. Positive employee feedback which affirms progress, effort and success is just as important as needs-improvement feedback when things are not running as planned. So, be careful not to overlook or take for granted your team’s biggest achievers
Here are a few tips to consider when preparing to give feedback: