9 No-Fail Tips For Giving Constructive Criticism At Work Infographic
Providing negative feedback is challenging but cultures that prioritize constructive criticism benefit both companies and employees.
- Greater Engagement
40% of employees become disengaged when they receive little to no feedback.
- Less Turnover
Companies that regularly give employee feedback have on average a 14.9% lower turnover rate.
- Professional Development
57% of survey respondents said they prefer corrective feedback as it helps them improve and grow.
Here are the 9 most important tips we have come down to so that you can provide your employees or colleagues with constructive feedback while helping them excelling at the same time without feeling offended or criticized. Let's discuss each one of them separately below:
1. Strive To Make Criticism Infrequent
Try to give 7 positive reinforcements for every negative comment.
2. Provide Feedback In A Timely Manner
Aim to give real-time feedback when possible. Give a more formal, high-level evaluation at least once a month.
3. Come Prepared
Spend time beforehand thinking through how you'll deliver your observations to ensure the conversation is productive.
4. Give Criticism In Person
Constructive feedback should be verbal, not sent via email.
5. Balance Negative Feedback With Positive
Use the feedback sandwich method to balance constructive criticism with positive feedback. Keep your positive comments honest and authentic to avoid losing a colleague's trust.
6. Be Specific And Provide Examples
Employees are generally better able to respond to direction when it's clear and concrete.
7. Stress That You Want To Work On The Problem Together
Offer resources the employee can use to improve.
8. Keep It Short And Sweet
Be direct and don't make the conversation longer than it needs to be.
9. Be Open To Accepting Criticism Yourself
Close out the discussion by asking your colleague if they have any feedback for you.
Take a look at the infographic above and practice all or some of these 9 tips offered for a better working environment.