HR Tips for Giving Productive Feedback

In order to grow and improve at work, it’s important to have access to repeated feedback and conversations focused on professional development. At all types of companies and at all levels, getting clarity and direct feedback is imperative for improving at your job and develop new skills. In order to make a commitment to the personal growth of your own and your managers, it is best to make it a priority to check in often with them and maintain a rapport with them. Feedback conversations play an important role in employee success; this is sometimes difficult when the feedback may be negative in nature.

Sometimes feedback sessions with an employee about performance mean sharing criticism and unpleasant insights. This kind of feedback is necessary and it can be challenging to sugar-coat or offer your suggestions that do not upset the employee or make them feel offended. It is difficult for people to hear the less than perfect aspects of how they are doing at work and even though your criticism is coming from a well-meaning mind-set, it is best to be aware that conversations about the negative performances of employees can come across as a personal attack.

The power of feedback lies in its ability to motivate. Just think about it, we are most motivated when the feeling comes from our inner being – If we feel that something is worth taking a risk, we are more motivated into putting little extra effort into achieving it. Factors like company expectations or even worse, the fear of being fired don’t possess this kind of effect. The best kind of feedback is rooted in the authentic intention for the team to grow and improve, personally and professionally. If this intention is lacking in your feedback, you will be losing out on a lot. Definitely, your team will agree and follow your suggestions, but their heart won’t be in it. To get more comfortable giving constructive feedback, it’s important that you practice and prepare. Learning best practices for giving helpful criticism can also help make these types of conversations less challenging.

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