Constructive and at times negative feedback may be valued more as a creator of change. It can also prove to be very detrimental with the very real possibility of entering a negative feedback loop, so here’s a couple of tips on when and how to deliver positive feedback for colleagues:
• Always be specific in your comments, the more detail and actions noted in your feedback, the greater ease your employee will have in implementing change.
• Always provide feedback at the earliest convenience after the event in order for the information to have maximum relatability and effect.
• As a rule of thumb, positive feedback should outweigh constructive or negative feedback by a ratio of at least three positive comments to one. However, this may not always be possible, but try where you can.
• Link the positive feedback to real life business events if possible.
• Make sure the feedback is always noted down somewhere so it can be referred to.
• Finally do not hesitate to give positive feedback with other people around, it’s a great way to build team moral.