Feedback allows us to progress our career to the level of success we individually seek.
And ultimately, feedback helps us to feel that we can and do make a difference.
If you’re not receiving feedback at work, the chances are, you feel you’re lacking recognition for the work you do.
If that’s the case, I’d like you to know that what you are feeling is perfectly normal. Seeking recognition is something that most of us experience. After all, recognition is a tool. A tool that allows us to know we are valued, and, ultimately, to achieve one of the greatest human needs, which is to feel loved.
But is ALL feedback valuable?
A Harvard Business Review article I read recently provided some interesting statistics on preferences regarding feedback. In an ongoing study of some 2500 people surveyed so far, they found that 52% prefer negative (or constructive) feedback and 48% prefer positive feedback.
Those preferring negative feedback tied it very squarely to improving performance, with 72% saying they believe that providing negative feedback actually increased the influence of the leader giving it.
Let’s just stop for a minute and consider that statement. Providing constructive feedback actually increases your influence in the workplace.
Of those who prefer positive feedback, the main reason given was that constant criticism by a leader results in a demoralised work environment. Yet even three quarters of them, when asked what employees need said “Mostly positive feedback, with some corrective suggestions.”
Here’s what I know to be true. All feedback is useful. And EVERYONE needs it to feel recognised and valued in their role, and to improve their performance and grow professionally and personally.
No matter what your title is, you are leader. As a leader, take the opportunity to provide positive AND constructive feedback. Learn how to give feedback in a way that empowers, and doesn’t disempower your people.
And whether you are an employee or business leader, take the opportunity to learn how to receive positive AND constructive feedback, and then act on it.
That’s the key to a progressive and successful career.
Feedback – it’s a game of give and take. Learning how to play the game will serve your career, and you well. tweet this
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