It’s not easy to hear the honest truth, especially when it comes from people who work with you or for you. After all, it’s uncomfortable to hear about ways you fell short, failed to listen or made a mistake. This is one of the many reasons why employers are often hesitant to ask for honest feedback from employees. While it may make you squirm, brutally honest feedback can help you significantly. It can help you do better and be better — for yourself, your employees, your coworkers and your business as a whole. Instead of avoiding this type of constructive criticism, change your perspective and start welcoming it.
When you allow your employees to be honest with you, it opens the door for them to communicate things they may have felt uncomfortable telling you before. For example, some of your language may come off as harsh or your emails over the weekend may feel overwhelming. These are minor things, but they can lead to resentment and poor attitudes. It’s better to know the truth about the impact of your actions so that you can adjust accordingly. Seeing you respond to their concerns will build respect and trust between you and the people who work with and for you.
Employees are often hesitant to offer suggestions or express their feelings because they don’t want to jeopardize their employment or come off as disrespectful. It is possible to open the door of honest communication between you and your employees and co-workers so that they can express concerns freely. This means you’ll have to learn not to take certain things personally, which is not always easy to do. It can be difficult to hear negative things about yourself, but honest and respectful feedback can be one of the most powerful tools in your quest for self-improvement and growth as as leader.
By Meagan Kerlin for Vertu Marketing LLC