Tips for giving employees feedback

employee feedbackEmployees need feedback from their supervisors – both positive and negative. If you don’t provide feedback how do employees know if they are doing a good or bad job? Here are a few tips that have worked well for me.

  • Always be direct. Beating around the bush only confuses employees and they can spot insincerity a mile away.
  • Give feedback to an employee as soon as an event occurs, especially if it’s negative. It’s easier for him/her to see the problem if it has just happened. And it is much more appreciated if the pat on the back comes right as something has just occurred.
  • Employees are very observant. They may know you better than you know yourself – at least in the workplace. So if you are unhappy with something, they will sense it right away. By not giving feedback, the tendency is for the employee is to think it is worse than it may be.

–Barney Cohen

President, Business 360 Northwest


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