Updated: Nov 18, 2021
Constructive feedback is vital for employees' development. Feedback could be as simple as a comment or just informing the other party whether or not they are on the right track or how the individual can do better.
Constructive feedback can occur on a day-to-day basis, it is a natural part of our conversations. Below is an example of casual constructive feedback at the workplace.
In an organization, feedback plays a very important role to ensure smooth open communication among employers and employees. We can offer feedback to anyone we work with regardless of their rank or position which includes supervisors, managers, staff members, our peers, or colleagues.
"Constructive feedback is the key to improvement" Bill Gates
Receiving and providing high-quality feedback ensures that we get a clear picture of how things are progressing at work. We all want to know what went well and where we can improve. Below are some of the benefits of having good constructive feedback within the organization.
Here are 5 top tips for constructive feedback:
1. Appropriate time and place
Timing is key in ensuring the feedback is well received by the other party. For example,
give your feedback after a presentation is completed. It is preferable when the feedback is given within 24 hours following the specific event. Also, remember to create a safe space for the other party, it is vital that there is privacy to ensure the other party is comfortable.
2. One-on-one discussion
During in-person conversations, there is two-way communication where both parties can converse on where they can improve. This provides both parties a better opportunity of comprehending what the other is saying. It also helps to develop questions to seek the other person’s opinions and thoughts prior to giving your feedback. If you are unable to provide comments in person, pick your words carefully to avoid being misunderstood.
3. Be prepared
Preparation is key! Write your plan, including notes of the specifics to ensure that the feedback is constructive, helpful, and accurate. What is the preferred method of receiving feedback from the other person? Plan ahead of time and change your strategy as needed. For example, if you're thanking someone who doesn't like being the center of attention, find a more private location. If you know the other person loves to be direct and to the point, keep your conversation focused.
4. Set a feedback session
This requires a more formal output as you will set a suitable time and place for the feedback session to take place. remember to encourage a two-way discussion to understand what would be the best way to give this individual feedback. If you want to address a specific task or an incident, word the sentences politely. This will ensure the conversation stays positive and will encourage the individual to do better.
5. Follow up on the feedback session
We must understand that people need time to reflect on their actions or prior incidents, therefore you must do a follow-up session just in case they have any questions on how to improve and do better.
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