Getting feedback is an important way to improve performance at work. But sometimes, it can be hard to seek out, and even harder to hear.
“Feedback is all around you. Your job is to find it, both through asking directly and observing it,” says David L. Van Rooy, author of the new book, Trajectory: 7 Career Strategies to Take You From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be.
As today's guest post, Van Rooy offers these six tips for how to get the feedback you need to improve performance at work. Guest Post By David L. Van Rooy
1. Don’t forget to ask: One of the biggest mistakes people make is assuming things are going perfectly (until they make a catastrophic mistake). By not asking, you’re missing out on opportunities for deep feedback: the difficult, critical feedback that gives you constructive ways to improve.
2. Make sure you listen: Remember, getting feedback is about improving your performance, not turning it into a “you versus them” mentality. Your reaction is cri…
Here are 10 tips for how to maximize employee involvement: Have active ways to listen to your employees.Check often with employees to see if the information you are sharing with them is what they need and what they want.Share information about customer satisfaction with employees.Discuss financial performance with your employees and be sure everyone understands the importance of profitability and how they can contribute to profitability.Allow ad hoc teams among employees to form to address organizational problems and work with those teams to tackle the identified issues.Encourage employees to make suggestions for improvement whether those ideas are large or small.Take an idea from one employee and share it with other employees and teams and let everyone make a contribution to build upon that idea.Train!For long-term employees, find ways to keep their jobs interesting through new assignments and challenges.Conduct meetings around specific issues and brainstorm solutions.
Are you a leader who is struggling with how to write your company's core values?
You can learn from Recreational Equipment Incorporated, better known as REI -- an outdoor gear and apparel co-op. As described in Amy Lyman's new book, The Trustworthy Leader, REI concisely articulates its core values in this series of statements: Authenticity -- We are true to the outdoors.Quality -- We provide trustworthy products and servicesService -- We serve others with expertise and enthusiasm.Respect -- We listen and learn form each other.Integrity -- We live by a code of rock-solid ethics, honesty, and decency.Balance -- We encourage each other to enjoy all aspects of life."The words contained in the values are not much different from those found in the value statements of any organization. So what makes it different at REI? The people at REI actively seek to live out their values," explains Lyman.