The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Constructive Feedback

For both the employer and employee, the hire date is generally a time of heightened anxiety as the employee-review meeting approaches. We’ve heard some stories about meetings like these: The employer prepares 15 minutes before the big meeting, taking out tiny slips of paper from the desk drawer she used to quickly jot notes down months ago, and now she trying to figure out what they even mean. She can’t make heads or tails of them. Meanwhile, the employee is wondering if the meeting will even take place. Last year, it was rescheduled four times.

But here’s the thing: It does not have to be this way.

Get off on the right foot. Meet with employees often, not just once a year. And when you do meet, make the meeting top priority. Honoring your word shows your employee you care about them. They are of value. Meeting out of the office, on neutral ground, also takes the edge off. It’s not uncommon to hold the meeting over lunch in a quite restaurant. Take the time to set up a system for making progress notes regularly on employees. Being organized and prepared will make for a smooth and effective meeting. Regular feedback whether good or bad is essential in helping employees grow and succeed in their careers.

Employers/supervisors must make the time for regular one-on-one conversations with their employees and be prepared to share the positives along with the negatives.

A study has shown that 72 percent of employees want more critical feedback from their managers in order to improve. Here are tips on how to thoughtfully administer constructive feedback.

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Kim Knapp

With more than 25 years of clinical and admin experience in the dental field, I serve the employment needs of dental professionals and practices as President of Dental Temps Professional Services, as an HR Consultant for Bent Ericksen & Assoc. and as a speaker. I’m also a mom, a runner, and an artist, married to my best friend.
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About Kim Knapp

With more than 25 years of clinical and admin experience in the dental field, I serve the employment needs of dental professionals and practices as President of Dental Temps Professional Services, as an HR Consultant for Bent Ericksen & Assoc. and as a speaker. I’m also a mom, a runner, and an artist, married to my best friend.