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Why Feedback Is Important In Your Career

Effective feedback is a major factor that can help boost your career. Providing effective feedback at the right time and with the appropriate approach guarantees the success of an individual, as well as that of the organization. So what feedback is important in your career?

1. Appreciation

This is one of the most important feedbacks that an employee needs in their workplace. Appreciation given to the employees helps to validate and acknowledge the time they spent to work on a specific project. When you are acknowledged, you will feel appreciated. This will then give you the morale of working harder.

It might be as simple as your boss telling you that he/she is glad to have you as one of the team members. Appreciation also helps to maintain and strengthen the relationship between the employer and employees, and also among the employees themselves.

However, keep in mind that appreciation is not only when your boss is saying thanks. Rather, it is all about his acknowledgment to you. Even if he tells you that he knows you are working hard on a specific project, it is also considered an appreciation.

Proper appreciation helps to motivate you throughout your career, and it gives you the energy to make more effort. In most cases, people might complain that they are not getting enough feedback at their workplaces, simply because they don’t feel appreciated. Usually, an employee will need more appreciation rather than constant advises.

2. Constructive Feedback

This is a type of feedback that entails specific information given to the employee, and it’s normally based on the observation. Constructive feedback is mostly based on factual observation, and not exactly the personal feelings. It tends to be more supportive since it aims at raising the employee’s awareness of their behavior. The expectation of constructive feedback is that it will lead to an improvement or correction. It usually comes in four categories, including the following;

• Corrective Comments/Negative Feedback. This type of feedback focuses on a past behavior that was not impressive, which should not be repeated.
• Affirming Comments/Positive Feedback. This feedback talks about the past behaviors that were impressive or successful, and they should be maintained.
• Positive Feedforward. These are usually affirming comments about the future, and it focuses on behavior that should be embraced to assure success in the future.
• Negative Feedforward. These are corrective comments that are about a specific performance in the future. The feedback focuses on those behavior patterns that should be avoided in the future.

With constructive feedback, it will help you to progress in your career and avoid any bad behavior that can affect your growth. It also helps you identify the good behavior that can boost your performance in the future.

3. Coaching

This is also a type of feedback that can help you in your career. Normally, when you ask your boss for specific direction or advice, you will be asking for coaching in disguise. Proper coaching helps you to learn, develop, and change in the long run. The major focus of coaching is to help you improve in any relevant area of your career. It could help you improve your knowledge, skill, ideology, personality, appearance, or a specific practice.

When coaching is offered, it usually comes with two purposes. The first purpose is to enhance the skills or knowledge so that the employee can meet the new challenges when their capacity is well-developed. The second purpose is to identify a certain problem in your relationship. It is usually emotion-based, and it helps solve such issues like anger, loneliness, confusion, hurt, anxiety, or betrayal.

4. Evaluation

Evaluation is another feedback that an employee needs for progress in their career. It is all about assessing, rating, or ranking your performance. In most cases, an evaluation will entail the comparison of one employee to others or against a certain set of standards. Here is where your boss might indicate in your performance review that you need improvement or that you meet the expectations. The evaluation ratings will mostly have an impact to your bonus. Other than that, it helps you to know where you stand and put in more effort to do better next time.

Conclusion

Feedback is crucial in any person’s career, and it benefits the receiver in different ways. Effective feedback should warn, encourage, teach, and evaluate the employee. Some negative feedbacks might seem harsh, but they can help you avoid making the wrong decisions and boost your performance in the future.