The Value of Feedback: The Engine Boosting Your Strength and Confidence
As women, we often struggle to acknowledge our achievements, even though we excel at recognizing strengths in others. That's where a consistent feedback culture and celebrating each other's accomplishments can work wonders.
In this article, we'll explore the transformative power of feedback and discover the positive changes it can bring to your work and life.
More than a stamp of approval for your work
Did you know that a staggering 75% of employees are craving more feedback to supercharge their productivity?*
Imagine the engine propelling your self-assurance while silencing your inner critic. The result? More time and energy to move forward confidently, with a deeper understanding of your workflow. Feedback is more than a stamp of approval for your work; it cultivates resilience and fulfillment, effectively addressing uncertainties and frustrations.
It's a window into the challenges your colleagues face, and it's the perfect platform to celebrate each other's successes – no matter how big or small, personal or shared.
As you continue to practice giving and receiving feedback, your mindset gradually shifts. You could find yourself one day contemplating, "If I can celebrate my teammates' small victories, why not my own?"
Simple Steps to Big Gains
By slightly adjusting how we work together, we have noticed substantial improvements. Operational processes have become streamlined, and those pesky hiccups are fewer and farther between.
The magic tool? Feedback is seamlessly integrated into our daily routine.
So, how can we implement the Consistent Feedback Culture into our workdays? Here are some suggestions.
📍Feedback during Retrospectives
Utilize various templates, focusing on achievements and sprint challenges.
This ensures consistency and fosters transparent dialogue, appreciation, and result recognition.
🙋 Proactively Seek Feedback
In the middle of our busy work schedules, actively seeking feedback may seem like a daunting task. However, making time for this purpose is essential. It's about recognizing that you're not wasting time but instead investing in a practice that strengthens team bonds, resolves misunderstandings, and encourages active participation.
One fantastic opportunity for actively seeking feedback is during co-working time, where everyone is working on their own tasks. This dedicated space creates an ideal platform, especially for remote employees, to connect and share feedback. It's a time when team members can collaborate effectively, engage in productive conversations, and collectively improve their performance.
📢 Feedback Prompts
To simplify and facilitate feedback, establish a consistent, brief window for feedback (e.g., at the end of a meeting or day) that can be used to request feedback by posing questions such as "What's one thing I could do differently in my presentations?" or "How could I improve in our next project cycle?"
Ever had a burning question since Monday evening but kept forgetting to ask? Use Slack or Discord to quickly seek feedback, and by doing so, you also inspire others to do the same. It's a win-win for everyone.
📍If Giving and Receiving Feedback is a stranger to your workplace
Giving feedback can feel like an additional task and gets a back seat. Especially when you are sure your colleagues are already doing great.
Establishing this practice as a workflow habit could lead to team thriving, reducing miscommunication, and smoother operations.
In the fast-paced tech industry, feedback is far more than a mere formality; it's a crucial component that sets in motion a ripple effect, fueling engagement, driving professional development, and paving the way for career advancement.
It's essential to note that providing feedback is an ongoing journey that requires consistent improvement. Feedback is multi-faceted, and there are various aspects to work on to make it even more effective. So, let's not just acknowledge but fully embrace this vital aspect of our work life. By doing so, we can harness its transformative power, promoting both personal and team growth, and ultimately creating a more fulfilling professional life for all.
*Beyond the Cubicle: Leapsome’s Workforce Trends Report Q4 2023