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Performance appraisals: How to turn negative feedback into a learning opportunity

by , 10 July 2014
One of the most important aspects of a performance appraisal is to give your employees good feedback.

Without good feedback, your employees will carry on doing the wrong thing and stop your company from performing efficiently.

Now one way to give effective feedback is to turn negative feedback into a learning opportunity.

But how do you go about doing this?

Read on to find out so you can ensure your performance appraisals are a success.

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When it comes to performance appraisal feedback, turn negatives into a learning opportunity

When we talk about negative feedback, we don't mean it in a way that suggests terrible performance, but rather how outcomes delivered can be better. So negative isn't really a negative word in this case.

Your best bet when it comes to delivering negative feedback to your employee is to turn it into a learning opportunity and a performance improvement tool.

You must give specific suggestions on how your employee can improve when you give negative feedback. Use an interactive session with your employee to develop the suggestions for improvement.

The Practical Guide to Human Resources Management says you must make sure your negative feedback is always constructive as this is the only way you'll help your employee improve his performance.

Overall, when you give feedback, try to coach rather than criticise and spend more time helping your employee improve. Don't rush the conversation and be sure to use open ended questions and listen actively.

That's all there is to turning negative feedback into a learning opportunity.

If you need more ways to make sure you and your employee get the most out of the feedback, check out Practical Guide to Human Resources Management. It has 18 more tips you can use.

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