Leadership is about providing the vision and direction that will help your employees and your company succeed. But no one can do it alone. A big part of succeeding in business is learning when and how to delegate. That’s why you have employees. They help you achieve the goals of your business. But then the work becomes about managing and inspiring those employees to do the best work they are capable of. Sometimes that work needs correction to make sure it’s meeting the needs of the team or the project. Feedback is critical to that process and can actually be an excellent source of employee motivation and engagement. Here are a few ways great feedback processes can set your teams up for success.
Feedback Enhances Learning
Peer-to-peer feedback is a powerful tool that helps build strong teams. Hearing an outsider’s perspective on performance and effectiveness can really help contextualize the work and influence positive change in the workplace. Team members can assess themselves and each other in a way that enables growth and helps the business overall grow and improve over time. Of course, not every piece of feedback is impartial or unbiased, so performance should not exclusively be determined by peer feedback, but it does provide valuable information on how employees can focus their efforts within the context of the team as a whole.
Feedback Creates Engagement
If you’re looking for a way to encourage more team-oriented learning and development processes, incorporating peer-to-peer feedback is an obvious choice. The importance of employee engagement and development has been front and center in discussions around employee retention, but it’s also worth talking about when developing internal programs or even making major changes to business culture or values. Feedback offers a simple and inviting opportunity for engagement.
Feedback is Communication
Feedback might seem like a negative thing, but really it’s the only thing that can help teams communicate better. The fact is that most employees are looking for more feedback because it helps them improve. Younger workers, in particular, thrive on open communication with lots of feedback. That hunger for feedback to enhance development and grow their career is something employers can really get behind. Great communication happens when people share thoughts and iterate on processes. A culture of knowledge sharing and strong feedback channels can help a team bounce ideas off one another and rise together.
Genuine Feedback is a Gift
Even the best employees can’t improve or grow without clear feedback. Often when an employee is being difficult to manage, they don’t understand where they are falling short even if they know they are in some way. Without that clear, actionable feedback, they don’t know which way to go to improve. Some managers will spend months, even years, complaining about poor employees. But unless they are willing to do the work themselves and provide the tough feedback that is needed in a respectful and sympathetic manner, they really have no one but themselves to blame for the failings of their employee.
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