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How to Supercharge Employee Feedback

Courtney Scharf
January 23rd, 2013
Employee feedback is a critical aspect of running a business, and the way in which it's carried out can determine much about an individual's professional development. Here are some steps to ensure that you're making the most of feedback sessions.

Do it often.Relying on a yearly assessment of performance sets employees up to continue making mistakes that can be eradicated much earlier on. Giving regular feedback in a structured way not only makes employees feel more accountable, but encourages an ongoing dialogue between managers and those that they manage.

Ensure that it goes both ways.It's incredibly important to offer effective feedback to employees, but it's just as important to let less senior individuals offer their suggestions to their managers. Maintaining feedback as a two-way dialogue is ideal for both parties involved, and ensures greater communicate between colleagues.

Set quantifiable goals with your employee.When possible, set quantifiable goals for your employees, as it gives them a solid, straightforward idea of what kind of results are expected of them. In addition to this, it's wise to set such goals with the approval and input of the person you're managing. This helps an employee feel more empowered, and ensures that any miscommunications about goals is addressed before a project even begins. No one knows an employee's work style better than the employee themselves, so involving them in this process keeps an individual feeling respected and important.

Providing employee feedback can be a tricky process, but is a hugely important aspect of work culture and how employees feel about coming to the workplace. Going about this process with a bit of tact can make all the difference, and may lead to big payoffs. For more insights to work culture, check out Trend Hunter's Business Trend Report.