Receiving Feedback from your employees and co-workers

Do you ask for feedback? Like most people, probably not. You need to develop a new habit, and that is asking for feedback. It's hard at first, but it is important in becoming a better leader and worker.

Feedback is one of the most useful yet most underutilized tools for becoming better at your job.

Receiving feedback on a frequent basis helps you improve your performance which helps improve the overall performance of the organization.

You need to be proactive in requesting feedback as people are unaccustomed to providing it without prompting. Asking for feedback tells the person you are requesting it from that you value their opinion, you are ready to receive feedback and you care about improving.

Pro Tips

  • Don't be defensive. Be open to them and actually listen to them.
  • Assume they have your best interest, even if it seems like the feedback is critical. Be objective and look at it from their viewpoint.
  • "Thank You", goes a long way. Keep them providing you feedback rather than dismissing your requests as pointless or unappreciated.

How to receive feedback effectively

Don't view it as personal

It won't be comfortable, learn to accept that

Be open to their opinions

No arguments allowed

Consider getting and giving feedback a skill you need to work on

Think big

Be upfront about expectations

Be involved in the process

Be thankful, even if you don't agree