Giving and receiving feedback is an inevitable part of any job. Whether you’re a new manager or a seasoned professional, it can be tough to feel comfortable giving feedback, especially when it’s negative. However, it’s essential for employees in all stages of their careers to get comfortable giving and receiving criticism, as companies that prioritize frequent, honest feedback see benefits for both their employees’ development and their bottom line.
When giving criticism, keep a few key tips in mind. Try to make negative feedback infrequent and balance it out with praise when possible. It’s also important that you give feedback in real-time so that your direct reports are never in the dark about their performance.
Make sure that you spend time thinking through what you’ll say when criticizing so that you can give feedback that’s productive. Additionally, it’s best to make sure that your colleagues know that you are also open to receiving criticism. By engaging in productive feedback discussions, everyone has the opportunity to learn and get better.
If you’re interested in learning more tips for giving constructive criticism, check out this infographic that Fundera created. Their guide is full of no-fail tips for giving negative feedback at work and it’s sure to help you develop as an employee and as a manager, no matter what stage of your career you are in.
Post by Octavia Goredema @OctaviaGoredema