VWW Guide: Giving and Receiving Feedback
Feedback comes in many shapes and forms. Feedback clarifies expectations, helps people learn from their mistakes, and builds confidence. Positive feedback is easy – it’s not hard to find the right words to tell someone they’ve done a good job or congratulate them on completing a goal. However, giving negative feedback in a constructive manner is not so easy. It is human nature to put off difficult conversations or to try to soften the blow. However, when you don’t address an issue quickly, the problem compounds over time and eventually it becomes even harder to provide the necessary feedback.
In life as much as work, it is important to know how to give and receive feedback effectively and constructively. You don’t need to be someone’s boss or manager to regularly give feedback. In fact, it is important for feedback to go both ways – meaning you can give feedback to those above and below you. There are many opportunities for providing others with feedback, from commenting on the way that your colleague has carried out a task to discussing your children’s behavior with them.
We all receive feedback constantly throughout our work and personal lives. Therefore, it is a vital skill to know how to graciously receive feedback to learn and grow from it, rather than take it personally. This guide will help you understand some best practices around both giving and receiving feedback effectively.
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