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How and When to Ask for Feedback

How and When to Ask for Feedback

Feedback
is a key aspect of career development and something you should seek regularly
if progression is a priority. However, asking your peers for feedback can seem
daunting and it’s often easier to sit back and presume that no news is good
news. Many employees put off asking for feedback simply because they are unsure
of when to ask for an evaluation of their work and how to approach their peers.
Here are our top tips on when and how to ask your employer for feedback.

Your Annual Performance Review

Let’s start with
the most obvious time to ask your boss for his opinion on your work. Most
companies have a formal
annual performance review
in place
where the main topic of discussion will be your contribution to the company
over a 12-month period. This is the ideal opportunity to gain the valuable
feedback that you desire. However, without the right questions prepared, you
could leave the review feeling unsatisfied. Before you attend the meeting,
write down key questions to ask in a notebook
and don’t forget to be specific. Listen attentively to the answers given and
makes notes so that you can commit to the points made.

Prior to a Project or Directly After

As an employee, it
is natural to fear feedback, but it is vital if you want to grow within your company. While an annual
review is the perfect opportunity to gain
feedback, many people make the mistake of waiting 12 months to gain insights
from their peers with four
out of ten workers becoming actively disengaged
as a result. So, when is
the perfect moment to ask for feedback?

A superb opportunity arises when you
have taken on additional responsibilities or you have been tasked with a new
project. In order to excel, it is important to have a clear vision of the
project at hand and there has never been a better time to ask your boss for
pointers or advice. Likewise, once the project has been successfully completed,
you can ask your boss for an evaluation of your performance. Again, this is not
the time to be vague. Yes and no answers will only get you so far so remember
to choose open-ended questions based on how you could improve when working on future
projects.

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Real-Time Feedback

Sometimes you may simply require insight on a particular
task and a quick exchange is all that’s needed. Not all feedback requests have to
be formal sit-down meetings and the more you reach out to your peers, the easier it will become. Pull your boss to one side after a
client meeting or reach out by email. With real-time
feedback, it is essential that you understand exactly what you are looking to
get out of a casual conversation like this. Is it coaching, critiquing or
praise you desire?

Be Productive and Positive

When approached and
conducted in the right way, asking for feedback is one way to build a positive
relationship with your boss. Always make sure you show your gratitude. After
all, your boss has taken valuable time out of their schedule to meet with you.
Showing appreciation will ensure that your meeting ends on a positive note and
will leave the door open for more constructive feedback opportunities in the
future.

It is important to
remember that your boss may provide you with balanced feedback that isn’t
always 100% positive, but constructive criticism can be extremely useful when
finding ways to improve your performance. Addressing these issues in a
professional manner can lead to continued growth and progression within the
company.

How do you approach
getting feedback from your peers? Let us know on Twitter at 
@viking_chat.

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