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Giving constructive feedback may not be fun, but the right techniques can help make the process more pleasant and productive for everyone.
Everyone receives criticism sometimes. The best kind of criticism is constructive criticism, which aims to help the person receiving it understand ways to improve. Not all criticism is constructive, however. It can sometimes be difficult to tell the difference between constructive and nonconstructive criticism, whether you're giving or receiving it. Once you understand the difference, you can determine if the feedback you're giving is actually constructive. Understanding this difference can also help you determine if the feedback you're receiving is constructive and if it's worth taking to heart.
5. Don't make comparisons. If you compare one person's performance against another, you are asking for trouble--even if it's a flattering comparison. You are setting that person as the standard. It is acceptable to compare past behavior of the individual with their present behavior, but never with someone else.
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Receiving constructive feedback may not always be easy, especially when it comes from your employees. However, it can give you highly useful insights into your employees’ expectations, things that need to be improved in the workplace and how your reports perceive you. Following these steps will help you conquer your emotions and encourage your employees’ to become comfortable giving you more constructive feedback.