Respectful Feedback

Written by Michelle Mook on . Posted in Sunflower Diaries

treat people with respect Only the other day we were with a manager who said, “I just tell them as it is, they just want it straight, none of this softly, softly approach”. Our heart sank, but in the grips of despair, and working on our value of honesty, we decided to challenge this attitude.

No matter how ‘thick skinned’ you believe an individual to be, or how straight talking your team are, everybody deserves to have some quality and respectful 1:1 feedback. You just never know how people will react out of your sight. And we speak from experience as we often see the impact that very direct and personal feedback can have and how many people take this home at night and carry it around with them for a long time!

But let’s not get away from the importance of being honest. Too many people skirt around the edges of feedback and it is important to be honest with people. But do it in a considered way, with specific information that people can connect to, and in an environment where people can explore the feedback further without fear of colleagues listening in. We believe feedback should be done with RESPECT!

Our challenge to you…

In an Honest Conversations workshop we recently delivered, we asked 30 people to put their hand up if they had spent more than an hour thinking about a difficult conversation and then not had it. Everybody put their hand up! We also asked the same people to keep their hand up if they had spent more than an hour thinking about a positive conversation. Everyone put their hand down!

So, this week deliver some respectful feedback to your team members and remember feedback is positive as well as developmental!

If you or your team members would like support in delivering honest conversations, contact us at info@pro-development.co.uk also click here to see how else Pro-Development can support your business.

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