Power of feedback - receiving feedback
Feedback is the bridge that connects our efforts to growth.
Feedback is the bridge that connects our efforts to growth. It's a window into how we're doing and a roadmap for how we can do better. Think of it as the GPS guiding you on your professional journey. But it's not just about individual growth; it's about fostering healthy relationships and enhancing performance across the board.
Studies reveal that when individuals feel valued and recognized, their motivation and engagement skyrocket. In fact, a staggering 72% of employees consider recognition to be the most significant driver of engagement. This rings especially true for the younger workforce, with 72% of employees under 30 desiring feedback on a daily or weekly basis.
So, what exactly is feedback? It's not a personal attack, nor is it solely criticism. Feedback is a versatile tool that encompasses praise, growth opportunities, and constructive criticism with solutions. It's a commentary about work, a way to highlight achievements, and a catalyst for improvement.
When and How to Seek Feedback
Picture this: You've just wrapped up a major project or nailed a presentation. That's the moment to expect feedback. It's also a part of formal performance reviews. But here's the golden rule—whenever you feel ready to receive feedback, ask for it. Regular check-ins ensure that feedback is given in manageable portions, rather than overwhelming you all at once.
Asking for feedback is an art. Frame your inquiries to foster open discussions. Instead of asking, "How did I do?" try "Is there something I can do to improve?" or "Can you tell me how you felt about that?" Receiving feedback can be daunting. Defensiveness and personalization are natural reactions. However, remember that feedback is about actions, not about who you are as a person. Stay detached, process emotions, and shift from reacting to responding. When faced with feedback, your goal is simple—listen. Process it, understand it, and envision how you can use it to improve.
Giving Feedback: The Art of Constructive Communication
While we all love to receive feedback, giving it can be tricky. But with the right approach, it becomes a powerful tool for growth.
When providing feedback, avoid generalizations. Be descriptive, use facts, and steer clear of labels. Keep it brief, regular, and private. Employ "I" statements to convey your evaluation and offer specific suggestions. Let's turn a bad example into a good one: Instead of saying, "You always reply late to Slack messages," try "I feel annoyed when you don't reply right away because I'm waiting on important information for a project. Could you be more responsive?" More about giving feedback will be discussed in the next blog post.
Think of feedback as a gift—a valuable one that can lead to personal and collective growth. Embrace feedback, whether as a giver or receiver. It's the tool that transforms a team into a winning one, a workforce into a thriving community, and individuals into their best selves.