How To Ask For And Receive Excellent Feedback

Scour the internet for information related to feedback in the business world and you’ll likely find plenty of articles and blog posts about how to give feedback to team members, coworkers, and employees. But there’s not as much info when it comes to actually getting feedback for yourself – especially when it comes to asking for good feedback that can actually help make you a better leader, better employee, and better part of a team. That’s something we feel needs to change, and with that in mind we’ve taken a minute to compile some tips for requesting good feedback.

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Here are a few things to remember:  
Insist On Honesty – Getting honest feedback is difficult when seeking critiques from peers, but it’s even more difficult when you’re asking for feedback from employees who work for you. It’s important to explain that you want pure, honest feedback and that you won’t take offense to their suggestions.  
Consider Anonymity – Many companies utilize employee surveys that are completed anonymously. This allows employees to provide honest feedback without any fear of repercussions, and it can be the single best way to get the most honest feedback out there.  
Forget The Past, Look to the Future – Instead of just trying to get feedback on your past mistakes, try to seek out and ask for feedback about how you can improve over the future. This helps inspire team members to provide you with honest answers since they don’t feel like they’re pointing out specific events in the past, and lets you get an idea on where you should focus on improving.  
Don’t Settle – If you need to, try to get multiple responses. Don’t just ask one time, either. Consider making feedback an integral part of the work environment, with specific questions about various situations like meetings, business trips, and more coming up throughout the day.  
Your Response Matters – Getting feedback that’s honest is great, but just getting it once isn’t enough. You need to let employees know that you’re listening to them and that you understand what they’re saying. In other words, your response matters. Don’t lose your temper when you’re being critiqued or when you disagree with feedback, and do all that you can to focus on taking your employees’ responses to heart and work on making positive changes.  
Feedback from your peers and from your team members can help you become a better leader. It’s important that you get honest responses, and the points above could help you do just that. If you’re ready to learn more about how to improve your capabilities, don’t hesitate to contact us at Immersion Lab today to find more resources for bettering yourself and your company.