If you're just tuning in, read this first. Here are my top 3 tips and they're ALL about feedback.
3. Ask for feedback - Most companies do yearly feedback, some do not. If your company has a feedback process, you want to ask for unofficial feedback halfway before your official feedback is due. A temperature check, if you will. If you make it to your annual review and you have inadequacies, you're going to miss a raise or promotion because you didn't know what you were doing wrong.
I'll be honest, most people think they're doing phenomenally at work. Some are. Some aren't. Also, because the workplace es un mezcla of cultures, attitudes and backgrounds, something you think is ok, may not be. Or something someone else thinks is ok, may not be. It's CRUCIAL that people have conversations about these things BEFORE the pink slip comes.
It's also important to get feedback from managers AND managees...
2. Managee feedback is important - #fact, While you're making your way to the top, you can't run a company if no one wants to work for you. This doesn't mean you need to be super nice and everyone's buddy, it just means that something about YOU has to be desirable. Your workstyle, your ideas, your management style, your ability to think at an elevated level.
To reiterate, this doesn't mean people have to want to work on clients that you're working on or people want to get close to you to get something from you. What I'm describing is very internal. YOU have to be desirable in some way and getting feedback from your managees will help you find out where you're slacking.
Side note: If your company doesn't have a feedback structure in place, find a neutral third party to filter feedback through: HR, a peer, maybe your supervisor (depending on the company). You don't want to ask someone you manage directly how they feel about you. The answers just won't be honest.
1. Heed feedback - Now, you have all this feedback and you may disagree with some of it, but that doesn't mean it's not accurate. If someone THINKS you're doing a bad job, you are. Because perception is reality. (The PR Diva in me almost just gave a class on changing minds and attitudes, but I pushed her back, LOL!)
SO many people get promoted, hired, bonuses, kudos, accolades, recommendations to a new job or position, etc JUST because people think they're doing well. I'm not advocating BS-ing and making it look good, I'm saying you have to take feedback seriously, you have to NOT take it personal and if you want to stay at that company, you have to attempt to change the negative OR attempt to show people that they're perceptions are off through your actions, not through arguing with HR about what somebody said about you.
You really have to work up your emotional muscles to take criticism.
Before you have a review, call an ex that you're still cool with and ask them what they didn't like about you and don't argue about it first. If you're single call your grandma and ask her why she thinks you're not married yet and don't say anything back. If you have good friends ask them what they hate about you and don't offer a response unless they ask for it. I'm not encouraging you to walk into the Lion's Den for no reason, I'm just saying if you're serious about heeding feedback, but you're sensitive, you have to find a way.
Alright, that's all I have for now, but let me know if you liked this segment and maybe I can do situational posts (Tea's top tips on giving feedback or firing people, lol) or answer your workplace questions... Maybe Ask Tea or something like that... let me know!!!