By Jacqueline Fiore Feb 3, 2021
As you build your Employee Outlook profile you are building and shaping a part of your personal brand online. You can add your work experience and highlight skills and education, showcase some of your best personal qualities and get help building your online presence by having some of your colleagues and work associates provide ratings and reviews. You might be enjoying getting the kudos and might wonder - how can I build a culture of feedback in my everyday workplace?
The great news is that you don’t have to be in charge to influence the culture of your work environment. Small acts that you can do individually can shape how those around you ask. Here are some pro tips on how you can build a feedback culture in your everyday workplace:
It only takes a minute to ask for and receive quick feedback after leading a discussion or completing a presentation. After such an event, pick a trusted person who was a part of this event and ask if he or she has any feedback for you. I have found that when I make a habit of this, I tend to get more thoughtful feedback as my peers know it is something I might ask.
You might be working on presentation skills, active listening or reading a room to understand the sentiment of your audience and how to approach them. If you are working on anything that can possibly be observed by a colleague or someone who works closely with you - tell them and again, ask for feedback. When those around you know your goals, it is easier for them to have awareness of where you can improve and then provide feedback. This can both give you direction and provide accountability while building a relationship.
You can start a trend by being the first to start giving feedback to those around you. Did you witness a coworker nail what she was working on the other day? Did you hear through the grapevine how well your boss has been doing? Let them know! Giving feedback (especially positive feedback) can be infectious. Receiving good feedback makes people feel good and it makes them want to reciprocate. This can build trust and a relationship for when you want that hard feedback - the stuff that helps you improve. A word of caution on giving unsolicited feedback - stick to the good bits (few people want to hear out of the blue that they have some things you think they need to work on. Save these items for when this feedback is solicited or for the really solid relationships.
If you are interested in making a culture change in your workplace, tell your boss. If you can explain why you want this and how it will benefit the entire team you are likely to receive support for it if not participation.
The best part is that by influencing those around you to give and receive feedback more regularly it will be easier for you to ask for ratings on your Employee Outlook profile and your raters will have feedback ideas more readily available!