Getting feedback from your employer is essential for you to grow professionally. It’s important to know where you stand, to know the things you do well, and the areas where you need to improve.
“Constructive feedback in the workplace is extremely important: workplaces need effective communication to succeed and thrive. As well as increasing staff morale, feedback helps us learn more about ourselves, our strengths and weaknesses, our behaviours, and how our actions affect others. It also increases our self-awareness and encourages personal development,” says Ellie Collier on High Speed Training.
But some employers are not as forthcoming with providing feedback as others. You may need to seek it out yourself. An example of constructive feedback could be something as simple as asking what you could do to improve on the next project. Or you could ask about certain skill areas your employer believes you could work on so you can improve in your position.
Asking for this type of feedback can greatly benefit you now and in the future.
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The Benefits of Encouraging Feedback From Your Employer
There are a lot of advantages to asking for feedback aside from getting input from others. They include the following:
- Get an outside perspective: Asking for feedback allows you to get information (positive and negative) from a different perspective. You have an idea of what you are good at and where you can improve, but other people can shed additional insights.
- An area to focus on: Getting feedback will give you an area of your career to focus on. Perhaps you can improve by taking a course, doing some additional training or getting some coaching.
- Add new skills: You can never have too many skills. Feedback can help you learn about the skills and knowledge you need to acquire.
- Increase your motivation: Sometimes you just need someone to tell you about something you can improve to give you some extra motivation to be better.
- Personal and professional growth: Taking the initiative and having challenging conversations about what you do well and where you need to improve is what will drive your personal and professional growth.
- Build deeper relationships: When you come to your manager or a senior employee and ask for feedback, it is a good way to foster a deeper relationship with them.
- Show employers you have the drive to succeed: Asking for input shows you have a vested interest to succeed.
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