Productive employees embrace personal growth. Experienced professionals are often eager to master new skills because it increases the likelihood of becoming future leaders. Conversely, inexperienced employees – likely Millennials – are also career-minded. These motivated team members want to climb the corporate ladder, and they know the best way to do this is to get feedback as much as possible.
Both appreciate praise, an important dynamic in successful organizations. Yet a leader’s job does not end with compliments. Employees also crave feedback, one of 13 methods we identified to best engage highly-productive employees to become leaders. After all, these professionals are working to reach certain goals. So open your Google calendar, and schedule a monthly or bi-weekly chat. This is important for a host of reasons.
Why is Feedback Important to Employees?
- Highly productive employees understand the difference between good and great; or great versus near-perfect. Oftentimes, clear direction from management makes it easier to excel.
- Productive employees want to know what areas of their job duties they can improve, even if improvement leads to minimal growth. They realize every increase in job performance, big or small, counts toward the organization’s bottom line.
- Employees often serve as role models for their peers.
- Employee feedback sets standards. Employees want to know what they are judged on. That way, when it’s time to discuss a raise or bonus, there are no surprises.
- This feedback lets employees know what is most important to the organization. That way, employees know where to focus on future improvements.
- Employee feedback increases self-esteem. It validates their processes and can lead to more improvements.
- Feedback creates an open, honest work environment that fosters communication.
How to Create a Work Environment Where Employees Get Performance Reviews?
- It’s as simple as creating a plan. Create guidelines for formal and informal feedback. Set the standard by asking employees for feedback.
- Be honest and provide action items and plans for each employee.
- Give details. Spend time learning their processes and search for actionable answers that lead to improvements.
- Don’t forget to schedule a follow-up meeting.
Employee Feedback is a Pillar of Dale Carnegie Leadership Training
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