Top 7 Tips on How to Give Positive Feedback
By Lyndsay Swinton
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Giving positive feedback is one of the more enjoyable tasks in the workplace. From the most senior to most junior, make it a habit to regularly give positive feedback.
Saying thanks, well done, or great job are throwaway insincerities that can do more damage than good, so make sure you use these 7 tips for giving positive feedback.
- No Time Like Now.
Feedback goes stale when left unsaid too long, so give positive feedback as close to the event as possible. It's worth the momentary discomfort or embarrassment you may feel to make someone's day.
- In Public and In Private.
Praise in public, criticise in private, that's the rule. But before you go singing a person's praises from the roof-tops, think about what they would prefer. Public praise of an extremely shy person may cause an emotional response that overshadows your good intentions. Do what's right for the person.
- Practice Makes Perfect.
It's easy to overlook good work or extra effort, so make it a habit to give positive feedback regularly. Consider setting up a formal reward and recognition scheme that everyone understands and can use.
- Does the Reward Fit?
Keep the balloons and streamers for special occasions. Going over the top with rewards can be mis-interpreted as "buying" favours. Judge the amount of effort and reward appropriately.
- No Favourites!
Avoid creating "favourites" by doing quick mental tallies of whom you've praised recently.
- Be Clear and Mean It.
The best positive feedback is sincere and specific. Tell the person exactly why you are praising them;
"Tony, that extra analysis was really appreciated by the project team and allowed them to make a decision immediately".
Tony now knows exactly what to do next time to get praise.
- Catch People Doing Things Right.
The more you catch people doing things right, the more right things they will do! Encourage positive actions by giving positive feedback. Start today, and in only three weeks time, giving positive feedback will be a life-long habit.
Lyndsay Swinton is an experienced team leader, people manager and business coach. Her website is http://www.mftrou.com - 'Management for the rest of us'. Subscribe to her free no-nonsense Management Tips newsletter at http://www.mftrou.com/newsletter.html today.
Article Submitted On: September 16, 2004