It’s always a tough call to say something negative towards the people you work with. You don’t want to hurt their feelings. You also want them to feel comfortable working with you. Once you say something negative, it could strain your relationship. Worse, some of them might decide to leave the company.
As a leader,
you’re responsible in telling the people you work with if they’re not
performing well. You can’t allow them to continue doing a bad job as it could
adversely affect the company. The good thing is that you can say negative
feedback without turning into a monster.
atmosphere of open-mindedness
that you create an environment at work where people are accepting of each
other. It includes all sorts of feedback. You need to instill the idea that
it’s part of the process and you’re only doing it to help
everyone improve professionally. It’s not your intention to
personally hurt anyone in the team. Consequently, you also have to show that
you’re open to suggestions. If this is the kind of atmosphere that you have at
work, it would be easy for you to say negative feedback without offending
Talk to employees in private
No one wants to
be humiliated front of others. Therefore, it’s crucial that you don’t scold an
employee when everyone else is listening. It could have devastating effects.
Some people aren’t tough enough to handle the embarrassment and might even harm
themselves. You don’t want to be responsible for those decisions. Therefore, if
you can try talking to people in private, it would help. You can say whatever
you want and even have an honest discussion because no one is listening.
You can provide
negative feedback without necessarily using curse words or
expressing your frustration. The goal is to let the employee know that the job
wasn’t handled well and you want to point out what else could be done the next
time. You can express all these sentiments in a calm manner. Try to be like a
parent who only wants the best for the child. Besides, cursing and throwing
tantrums won’t help further your cause.
You can’t keep
scolding people at work without telling them how they can be better.
When you offer criticisms, make sure they’re constructive in nature. For
instance, if a project failed, you need to point out what went wrong. If you
handled the project, explain what you would have done to make it successful.
You can also offer help for future projects. Tell the employee that if there
are doubts or questions, you’re always available to extend help.
Make sure that
the relationship at work won’t be affected because of a negative comments. You
don’t have to sugarcoat and pretend that everything is okay. Try your best to
practice how to say the right words to avoid hurting your employees.
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