How to give feedback

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Why

Why should you give feedback? Because you want to help your direct succeed. After a job well done, praise your direct. If there’s an area for improvement, provide critical feedback.

When

When should you give feedback? During one-on-ones or when it’s still fresh on your mind. Don’t wait too long or else you’ll forget it. The earlier you give feedback, the quicker you can align with your direct on what’s working and what’s not.

Where

Where should you give feedback? In public or private? It depends. Positive feedback can be given in public or private. But negative feedback should always be given in private. Why? Because you never want to publicly humiliate someone. Doing so will lead to resentment in the long run.

How

How should you give feedback? With clarity, objectivity, and compassion.

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Relevant
  • Time-Bound

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