Six Tips for Giving Feedback in the Workplace

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Avoid using negative phrases that discourage and exclude, such as “I don’t think…” and “You shouldn’t …,” when speaking. Negative language puts people on the defensive or causes them to shut down and disregard your feedback. Instead, be encouraging and use phrases that start with “What if we tried to…?”, “Maybe you could try…”, or “Have you considered doing…?” 

Constructive feedback is one of the greatest gifts managers can provide to employees. When delivered properly, the right feedback can reinforce positive behavior and correct any negative performances.

Many managers are reluctant to provide negative feedback, however. Don't fall into this trap! Use these six tips, identified by Amanda Augustine, job search expert for TheLadders, to give feedback that will help your employees develop and improve your team's overall performance. 

When properly implemented, feedback can be a powerful tool in the workplace. Apply these tips the next time you need to provide negative feedback to a colleague, and they just might thank you.


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