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The Surprising Benefits of Negative Feedback

The Surprising Benefits of Negative Feedback
From Recruiter - September 6, 2017

When we talk about feedback, we often focus on the positive side of it all. That makes sense, considering that happy workers are 12 percent more productive than unhappy ones. So, we focus on how feedback can improve engagement, how its good for job satisfaction, and how younger generations of employees crave regular feedback from managers.

However, theres another side to feedback that no one likes to discuss: negative feedback, the dark side of performance culture.

Confrontation is hard. Negative feedback is very difficultto give or receive. While no one likes negative performance discussions, failing to offer negative feedback actually does more harm than good to both your organization and your employees. By not offering negative feedback, you prevent employees from growing into the best professionals they can be.

Furthermore, your employees actually want negative feedback. According toHarvard Business Review, 57 percent of the employees prefer correctivei.e., negativefeedback to praise.

Employees need negative feedback.Contrary to popular belief, it doesnt damage employee engagement. In fact, the best way to damage engagement is to simply give no feedback at all.

The takeaway is clear: Youre a bad boss if you dont provide negative feedback. Feedback from supervisors is valuable to workers. It helps them improve their performance, and it shows them their managers are interested in their careers.

The Clear Benefits of Negative Feedback



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