Category: Feedback

10 Reasons Why Your Feedback Falls on Deaf Ears

Filed under: Communication, Feedback, Relationships

Leadership is about developing people, and that includes giving difficult feedback to employees about their performance. Leaders who see corrective feedback as a partnership with their employees and an opportunity to encourage their growth and development reap great rewards in employee engagement and productivity. Yet many leaders avoid the opportunity to give developmental feedback or complain that when they do, the feedback falls on deaf ears.

Here are 10 ways to avoid a “deafening” approach when giving developmental feedback.

Go for the Goal – In many organizations where we consult, employees often tell us their goals are not clear. The manager knows the goals, but it’s as if they are guarding the goal from the employees. No wonder employees ignore feedback or become frustrated with it; if employees don’t know what you expect, it’s difficult to meet your expectations.

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Think Grammar Doesn’t Matter? It Could Be Holding You Back From a Promotion

Filed under: Career Advice, Cognitive Ability, Feedback, Insights, Uncategorized

Many people think that once they leave school, they don’t need to worry about grammar. In the real world, most people will just figure out what you mean … right?

Not quite. Turns out, quality writing can help you get ahead in your career — and poor writing can hold you back. So if you want to get ahead in the workplace, change careers, or find a job, then it’s time to dust off that dictionary, thumb through your thesaurus, and get a grip on grammar.

At Grammarly, we found some data to back this up. We studied 100 LinkedIn profiles of native English-speakers in the consumer packaged goods industry, and each of the professionals we looked at worked for no more than three employers over the first 10 years of their career. Half were promoted to director-level or above within those 10 years, and the other half were not.

We discovered a correlation between the number of grammar and spelling errors in a profile and the trajectory of that person’s career. Here are some of our study’s main takeaways:

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Unemployment at 7-Year Low: Much Work to Do

Filed under: Feedback, Hiring, Job Search, Layoffs

The job market recovered in April after getting roughed up in March. The Bureau of Labor Statistics said 223,000 new jobs were added last month, matching consensus estimates. As it turns out, March was worse than initially reported-only

85,000 jobs were created, putting monthly job creation in the first quarter of 2015 at 191,000, down sharply from the average of nearly 260,000 in 2014.

The unemployment rate ticked down to 5.4 percent, the lowest level since May 2008. This time around, the unemployment rate slid for the right reason: 166,000 additional people entered the labor force and snagged jobs. The labor force participation rate (the number of Americans in the labor force or actively seeking employment) ticked up to 62.8 percent, near a 37-year low of 62.7 percent and within the narrow range of 62.7 to 62.9 percent for the past year.

Average earnings were up 2.2 percent from a year ago, up from 2.1 percent in March. But nearly six years after the official end of the recession, something exciting could happen: Americans may FINALLY get a raise! That’s a big deal, since according to Mohamed El-Erian’s comments at the LinkedIn FinanceConnect15 conference yesterday, most of the total income growth during this recovery has gone to the top 5 percent of earners. (I’ll have more from my interview with El-Erian later today!)

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When You’re Not The Manager ‘Type,’ How Do You Move Up The Corporate Ladder?

Filed under: Best Advice, Feedback, Insights, Your Career

A frontline engineer or salesperson can be a company expert and still receive the same pay raises and promotions as the manager who leads her team, says Ryan Holmes, CEO of Hootsuite.

At most companies, climbing the corporate ladder still starts with assuming a management role. As your control extends over larger and larger teams, and eventually entire departments, you ascend in an organization’s hierarchy. Advancement – in terms of title, pay and recognition – is inextricably tied to people management.

But isn’t it time we asked whether this actually makes sense? After all, managing people is a specific skill set. Not everyone has it. Not everyone wants to develop it. And there’s a strong case to be made that shunting top performers down a one-size-fits-all management track is hardly the most effective use of company resources.

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Making Feedback Pay Off

Filed under: Best Advice, Feedback, Insights, Success

Feedback frightens me. It probably frightens you, too. When we pour intense energy into a project, we don’t want blunt opinions of our (supposedly) finished work. We crave pure praise from bosses, colleagues or customers. Even minor criticisms can be hard to take. Harsher responses feel like a kick in the gut.

So how can we sidestep those anxieties? How can we embrace what’s valuable in other people’s comments while still keeping our self-esteem intact? In the first decade of my career, I didn’t have a clue. The breakthrough came in my mid-30s, when several dozen people helped me repair a book draft that once seemed unprintable — and ultimately became “Merchants of Debt,” a much-praised bestseller. Those interactions left me with a whole new approach toward soliciting and using feedback.

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Why Providing Critical Feedback Can Be A Gift

Filed under: Best Advice, Feedback, Professional Development, Your Career

Rarely are managers, in any field, well prepared to deal with employees who need corrective input. In fact, we’ve heard all too often how the whole idea of being critical strikes a note of “being mean,” “acting arrogant,” or “hurting someone’s feelings.”

And yes, being critical can be all of those things when misunderstood or delivered without support, care, and kindness.

But when you understand that life well lived is a journey of growth and expansion, then there have to be teachers along the way to provide helpful input. When left to only our own devices, our own perspectives, our own experiences, we can only replicate what we already know. And that’s what causes people to be stuck in a rut, unable to take their work life forward in a manner that is continually challenging and transformative.

So, if you are a manager, a supervisor, in any way someone who has the responsibility and opportunity to help other employees improve, please see your role as a gift.

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