5 Tips on Giving Good Feedback

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In most workplaces, ongoing feedback is scarce and typically comes around in the form of performance reviews only once a year. At TalentCove we understand the worth of receiving regular feedback from managers and peers. Even a small, but specific comment such as “you did great work on the P&G presentation, keep it up”, can nurture an engaged and motivated team.  Regular and specific feedback fuels employees’ desire to want to do more at work. So, what better way to improve workplace culture than perfect the art of giving effective feedback?

Providing valuable feedback is an important skill to master, but it is not always simple.

Here are our top tips for giving good feedback:

1. Be Positive –Feedback is about improvement and should inspire the person to want to get better at what they do. The tone should always be positive and the feedback should be specific. Give frequent positive feedback to reinforce things that are being done well. This creates safety and receptivity for when you provide corrective feedback.

2. Do It Often – “Employee reviews are a process that should happen all year-long,” says Paul Falcone, author of 2600 Phrases for Effective Performance Reviews (Source). Don’t just acknowledge the big successes. Celebrate the small wins, too!

3. Act Swiftly – The sooner you relay feedback, the more productive it is. When feedback is shared in the moment, it is more meaningful.  Delaying until a quarterly or yearly performance view is often as ineffective as not giving any feedback at all.

4. Be Genuine – It feels good to get feedback, but if it isn’t genuine, it could cheapen the experience and possibly give the receiver the notion that they are not truly valued. According to Towers Watson, the top rated driver of employee engagement was “the extent to which employees believed that their senior management had a sincere interest in their well‐being.”

5. Ask for Feedback. It’s near impossible to improve on something if you’re not receiving feedback yourself, right? Don’t hesitate to ask the person you gave feedback to what they enjoyed or how you could improve for next time.

Have any good feedback tips of your own? Share them in the comments. We’d love to hear from you!

Don’t forget to learn more about TalentCove and how our mobile app can help you give good feedback at work!

-Lolly Fitzpatrick

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