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To improve your team's performance, don't rely solely on annual performance reviews. Give feedback -- both positive and negative -- regularly.
When continuous feedback is a part of your standard operating procedures, you will create a more robust culture with open communication and employees who understand and demonstrate your organization's values.
Those organizational qualities are directly related to retention, engagement, and productivity, because when your employees feel like they are a part of the larger system, they welcome your feedback and understand how to represent the organization best.
Your clear and ongoing feedback helps your employees be more connected and engaged. It supports them in building their skills and abilities, and should be used to encourage their professional growth and recognize their efforts.
Everyone wants to be acknowledged when they make a big effort, and positive feedback proves to be a powerful motivational driver.
5 Tips for Giving Effective Feedback
If you are hesitant to offer feedback, especially when it might be taken negatively, keep in mind that employees want to know if they are on the right track. They want to be appreciated and noticed when they're doing well and given the opportunity to course-correct when they are going down the wrong path.
A lack of feedback breeds disappointment and leads to a communication disconnect, whereas effective feedback creates connection and increases engagement.
To increase your effectiveness at giving feedback:
When you offer sensitive feedback to your employees thoughtfully and constructively, you set the tone for the entire organization. You help build trust. And then your staff will give you the benefit of the doubt that your feedback is never intending to be hurtful but only given to help them learn and improve. Providing your team with continuous feedback creates a culture of trust, open communication, and greater connection.
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