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How To Give Feedback To An Employee

In Giving Feedback on July 19, 2015 at 9:19 am

Eric Harvey and Al Lucia wrote a booklet called, 144 Ways To Walk The Talk. They provide the following great advice about giving feedback:

1. Make it timely — give your feedback as soon as possible to the performance.

2. Make it individualized — tailor your feedback to the feedback receiver.

3. Make it productive — focus your feedback on the performance and not the performer.

4. Make is specific — pinpoint for the receiver observable actions and behaviors.

Why Giving Positive Feedback Is Better Than Giving Praise

In General Leadership Skills, Leadership, Leadership Books, Leadership Skills, Leadership Training, Management, Motivating Employees on March 20, 2011 at 9:33 am

There is an important difference between giving your employees positive feedback and giving them praise.

  • Positive feedback focuses on the specifics of job performance.
  • Praise, often one-or two-sentence statements, such as “Keep up the good work,” without positive feedback leaves employees with empty feelings.

Worse yet, without positive feedback, employees feel no sense that they are appreciated as individual talents with specific desires to learn and grow on the job and in their careers, reports Nicholas Nigro, author of, The Everything Coaching and Mentoring Book.

So, skip the praise and give positive feedback that is more uplifting to your employees because it goes to the heart of their job performance and what they actually do.

An example of positive feedback is:

“Bob, your communications skills have dramatically improved over the past couple of months. The report that you just prepared for me was thorough and concise. I appreciate all the work you’ve put into it, as do your team members.”

Mix Praise With Constructive Feedback

In General Leadership Skills, Leadership, Management, Mentoring on August 25, 2010 at 7:33 pm

When you provide overall feedback to your employees, mix praise with constructive feedback about what they can do to improve.

By mixing your input, you are satisfying a person’s thirst for knowing both what he/she is doing well and what he/she can do to continue to improve.

Be sure to always start with the positive when giving feedback.

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