Your Business With James Caan 2017 - 171
Feedback is crucial to personal development,
yet despite this 20% of the UK's SME workforce
aren't receiving any feedback at all
at work. They require detailed feedback with
examples, and this should be both negative
and positive. Feedback is crucial to personal
development, yet despite this 20% of the UK's
SME workforce aren't receiving any feedback at
all, with 21% receiving it only when requested.
This is a big issue - without feedback, how can
anyone learn and improve?
When it comes to feedback and appraisals,
employers and employees are approaching
the process from completely different vantage
points. Employers are pleased to have a yearly
process in place for feedback. They don't realise
that this approach is no longer sufficient, and
that employees want a more agile and dynamic
approach to such feedback. The result should
be a motivated and engaged workforce that
understands how their role links to the wider
vision of the company and how they can
positively impact its development.
It's especially important to get the appraisal
and personal development process right at
the start of a business and to ingrain personal
development into your culture. Aside from the
desire to do right by your employees, motivation
drives better performance. So it's in your best
interests to get this process nailed.
Easy to fix
The good news for both employers and
employees is that a fragmented, inconsistent
appraisal and feedback process is relatively
simple to fix. The first step for an employer
is to get under the skin of an employee and
understand what they need to improve and
what they can take away from an appraisal to
kick-start their motivation.
There also needs to be a shift from traditional
annual appraisals to regular meetings, and a
move away from a one-size-fits-all approach.
Just because you have always done something
one way, doesn't mean it's right.
Although we haven't yet developed a tool to
read minds and help us truly find out what our
employees want, there are many useful tools out
there to help streamline the necessary admin
and free up time to allow you to have those
much-needed face-to-face conversations.
People are a force of positivity and if you can
find a way to turn an apple seed into a succulent
Pink Lady, you'll have a full orchard in no time.
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