Don’t water down your message.

The common habit of sandwiching negative feedback between two slices of praise may be instinctive, but it is one of the biggest mistakes managers make, says Billimoria. Hiding feedback inside throwaway compliments takes the power out of your words. “People see it coming; then they will dismiss the positive, wait for the negative, & won’t trust what you have to say,” says Porter. What you can do to be kind but direct: Express the feedback positively, says Hauser. Say, “A lot is going well, but I have constructive feedback on some things that need improvement,” or I have some advice that might help you.”

Published by Zakieh Amer

I'm a housewife, and mother of a 6 year old dog. I don't have kids.

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