June 24, 2019
A guide to giving and receiving feedback
Quick tips and tricks for efficient feedback giving and receiving for a more productive working team
Feedback is an important part of self-development and growth. To develop yourself for a better career, feedback can give you a view of what others can see that you might otherwise overlook.
As important as it is, it can sometimes be problematic. Receiving feedback can sometimes feel rather personal than something valuable to work with. In another way, you may feel you’re giving valuable feedback but the receiver may not think so.
To avoid these kinds of misunderstandings and hard feelings, here are quick tips for giving and receiving feedback.
Giving Feedback seems easy, but most of the time, it’s actually easy because you’re simply saying it. But, it is important to structure your feedback so you can communicate valuable feedback.
- Focus on balanced facts – negative and positive
Think about the feedback that goes along with the team or company goals. It’s so easy to get carried away that you end up criticizing someone for something personal. Also, balance the feedback with both negative and positive points. This will continue to motivate them to do good work.
- Give feedback one-on-one
Whether you’re criticizing or praising someone, do this one-on-one. Doing so keeps the trust between you and the person involved.
- Be very clear and concise
There is nothing worse than having to sit and receive feedback that is unclear and confusing. Make sure to think about the feedback you’re about to give and structure it better. This makes sure you’re giving clear and concise feedback and not wasting anyone’s time.
Receiving Feedback isn’t as easy as giving feedback. It can feel a bit too personal or it might not be clear enough for you to take the next steps. But, it’s important to keep an open mind so you can dig out the feedback relevant for your growth.
- Don’t take things personally and stay open
Sometimes, feedback can seem like a personal attack on your capabilities but don’t think too much about it. Feedback, at the end of the day, are words. Maintain an open mind and understand that some feedback may or may not be relevant to you.
- Clarify if you don’t understand
Don’t be afraid to ask any questions to clarify certain feedback. Although it’s feedback given to you, it doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to make it a 2-way communication. Clarifying feedback can help you understand the logic behind it, thus easier to accept or listen to.
- Check the feedback given to you
Not all feedback can be relevant to you or towards your improvement. Sometimes, it may not even relate to your work performance so check your feedback as a whole and see which ones are relevant to your growth.
Whether you’re giving or receiving feedback, it can always seem like a daunting task – but it doesn’t have to be. Without feedback, we’ll never be able to communicate our expectations to the other or know whether we’re going the right direction. Feedback is a necessary part of growth so use it as a tool towards growth and success.
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