How to Get Honest Feedback at Work

If you have an upcoming performance review, you may be worried about what your boss will say about the quality of your work. You may also have concerns that he will be too polite and will not fully disclose his opinions about your performance. If so, you may want to ask for his advice about how you can do a better job. Here are some tips that will help you get honest feedback from your employer so that you can become an effective and productive employee.

Getting feedback at work

Ask for Honest Feedback

While you may walk into your performance review with the expectation that you will receive honest feedback, you should still make it clear before the review begins. Tell your boss that you would like him to be truthful in his review of your work so that you can make the necessary improvements. You may also want to tell him that you would like the conversation to be as helpful and as productive as possible and that you won’t be offended if he has recommendations for your improvement.

Look Ahead

As you listen to your employer’s insight on your job performance, focus on how you can make improvements in the future. You may be tempted to dwell on the mistakes that you have made in the past, but that won’t help you do better next time. If you tell your boss that you want to focus on being more effective in the future, he may be more open about his opinions.

Take Notes

While you may be focused on what your employer is saying, you won’t be able to remember all of it once you walk away from the conversation. To help you remember his advice, you should take notes while he is speaking. This will also show him that you are serious about his recommendations and that you are striving to improve your effectiveness as an employee.

Keep an Open Mind

While some of the feedback you receive may be negative, you need to keep an open mind. Try to listen carefully without feeling defensive. If your employer feels that you are starting to react poorly to his comments, he may not be as honest with you, and this will not help you become a better employee.

Honest feedback is essential for growth and development both professionally and personally, but it can be difficult to make people feel comfortable sharing their honest thoughts with you. While your employer’s thoughts may not be entirely accurate or helpful, you will still gain some insight about how you can become a better employee.


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Corey Quinn

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