All of our lives we’re told that we should give, and accept, constructive criticism. But what does constructive criticism really do to employee-manager relationships. And how does it affect the rest of the time. Tampa Temp Agencies like ours have a lot of experience working with different types of employers and employees, so we’re willing to give some insight on how this kind of feedback is really affecting the workplace. Here is how it could be negative.
An Employee Feels Singled Out
Constructive criticism is really another word for negative feedback. We are taught at an early age that if we think someone can do something better, we should tell them now, not just point out that they’ve done something wrong. But when you do stop to provide constructive criticism you’re still singling out the employee, often in front of the entire team with the hopes that your instructions will help everyone. It doesn’t and there may be better ways to handle the process.
This is the Only Feedback They Receive
Sometimes employees become dissatisfied with their managers when they only feedback they receive is corrective in nature. It is just as helpful, if not more, to provide positive reinforcement when someone is doing something right. This way they may be more interested in hearing when you have ideas about how they could correct their work if something isn’t going well.
The Criticism May Not be as Constructive as You Think
You may not realize it, but sometimes the need to provide constructive criticism crosses the line into micromanagement territory. Your employee may be doing things just fine, but you feel like they should be doing it your way. An important part of management is to hire good people and stand back to let them do their jobs. Even if they take a different path to get there, as long as the results are what you’re expecting they don’t need to be corrected at all.
You Don’t Accept Feedback From Your Team
Lastly, some of your staff may become frustrated if they feel that they receive corrective feedback from you, but when they approach with a concern they aren’t taken seriously. It is important for information to pass freely between employees and employers. Allow your team to provide feedback on how they’re doing, you’re doing, and the team as a whole is doing and use their information to make a positive impact.
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