How to Ask for Feedback in the Workplace | The Engagement Studio

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Hey engagement fans! Welcome to the Engagement Studio.

I'm Krystal Stubbendeck, an Implementation Specialist here at Quantum Workplace.

Today we're going to talk about asking for feedback.

Asking for feedback and receiving is hard, but why is that?

For the provider, it can be natural to want to give positive feedback,

so we avoid giving corrective or negative feedback.

For the receiver, it can be sort of daunting and feel uncomfortable or even threatening,

the chance that you may receive negative feedback.

People initially hesitate when asking for feedback.

But the fact is, the more you do it, the easier it'll become and the more opportunities you'll have for improvement.

So, how do you ask for feedback?

Here are three tips:

Be specific in what you're asking for.

Second, ask in real time.

And finally, ask for feedback beyond your boss.

Let's take a look at an example.

"Hey, so I have this presentation coming up."

Here you'll see she's asking in real time.

"And I'm looking to get some feedback from outside of my team."

"Well, sure, how can I help?"

She's getting feedback beyond her boss.

"So, I'd like to know what I can do to kind of improve my performance. I'm pretty confident about what I'm saying,

but I want to know how I can speak to the audience without sounding monotone.

So, do you have maybe three or four tips that you could send my way?"

She's asking for specific feedback on what she's looking for and what she's not looking for.

Now, what about after you received the feedback? What's next?

Take time to think about the feedback. Maybe ask clarifying questions if you need to.

And lastly, take some of the feedback and build positive changes into your work and life,

perhaps by setting a goal.

If you need a little bit more information about feedback,

check out our ebook "A Practical Guide to Giving & Receiving Feedback."

That's a wrap on giving feedback.

Now, let's go make work better every day.

Thanks everyone!