Feedback, especially in an office setting, has the potential to positively influence or negatively affect the entire environment. When feedback is delivered in a helpful, encouraging, and supportive way, it strengthens and empowers employees and engages them. But harsh or critical feedback can quickly cause resentment and leave employees feeling frustrated, discouraged, or even eager for new employment. Maintaining positive feedback doesn’t mean that you can never critique a coworker or employee, but be sure to do so in a constructive way and encourage workers with plenty of positive feedback. And uplifting feedback isn’t effective at only an individual level; it can unify and benefit teams too. Here are just a few of our favorite ways successful feedback can improve team potential.
Unify Your Team
Teamwork isn’t always easy, and despite your best efforts, teammates may not always appreciate each other. Positive team feedback can strengthen employees as a team, encourage them to work well together, and demonstrate that their hard work is actually paying off. Team praise can also help coworkers see the value of individual members they might be struggling with and encourage a more supportive, inclusive, and ultimately better working team for the future.
Recognize Hard Work
Teams take on tasks impossible to accomplish alone. These projects often require a wide variety of skills and an exceptional ability to communicate, collaborate, and prioritize. Team feedback is the perfect time to praise your employees for their hard work in every aspect. Proper team praise should recognize not only the business accomplishment achieved or task completed but also all of the difficulty and coordination it took to get there. By effectively recognizing both your team’s hard work and their accomplished success, you positively show employees you care about more than just profits and productivity, but also value each of them individually and what they are able to accomplish as a team.
Constrictive feedback is the perfect way to improve team performance and align expectations for team outcomes and success. Unlike individual feedback, which can occasionally feel isolating or biased, team critiques address the group as a whole and focus outcomes that need improvement regardless of who is responsible. Rather than targeting individual members, team feedback involves everyone equally. Team centered feedback also gives team members greater freedom and autonomy as they are able to take comments and concerns and decide together the best way to overcome setbacks and find solutions.
Create A Positive Culture
As a leader, one of your greatest responsibilities is to demonstrate the qualities and attitudes you expect from employees. By regularly providing helpful and encouraging feedback, you effectively teach employees to do the same. Soon supportive comments and uplifting feedback will become an integral part of your company and team culture. Coworkers will learn to support each other, offer help, and ultimately encourage improvement. With a positive work environment, employee engagement, work satisfaction, productivity, and profitability naturally increase.
At MangoApps, we understand what an amazing resource team feedback can be. As leaders in team communication and collaboration, our technology is uniquely designed to help teams work effectively, facilitate helpful discussion, and of course, offer positive feedback. To learn more about how feedback can improve team potential or to see MangoApps in action, contact us or schedule a personalized demo today.