Many managers don’t give effective feedback because they’re simply pressed for time. There are three ways to make this easier – for you and your employee:
- Create a standard way in. Reduce the time you spend mulling over each conversation by establishing a simple, routinized way to open feedback discussions. “I’m going to give you some feedback” or ”Are you open to my coaching on this?” gets immediate attention and sets the right tone.
- Be blunt. If you’ve ever said “maybe you could…” or asked an employee to “think about” a performance issue, you’re likely not being blunt enough. Be honest, sincere, and personal while addressing the issue head-on.
- Ask him to play it back. To avoid having the same conversation again and again, make sure your employee can clearly explain what he needs to change or do next.
*Source: Adapted from Harvard Business Review’s Management Tip of the Day