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Part II: How to Give Constructive Feedba... > Giving Constructive Feedback to Your...

Chapter 15. Giving Constructive Feedback to Your Boss or Colleague [*]

[*] Adapted from Managing Upward (Crisp, 1992)

Giving constructive feedback to someone other than the people who report to you can be difficult. It requires an extra dose of sensitivity. However, if you can learn this technique, your work life may improve. Constructive feedback can uncover problems early, which can lead to quick solutions and save time. When correctly given, constructive feedback to a peer or manager encourages both the critic and the person receiving the feedback. All of us need to grow and learn how to improve. Constructive feedback provides such impetus.

As stated in Section 13, the Simmons/Bright study found that people without supervisory responsibilities found it more difficult to give feedback than those who do have those responsibilities. Some people worry about being critical for fear that their boss will not like them or may give them a negative performance review. Providing constructive feedback to your boss or a peer may result in conflict, but avoiding conflict at all costs will not solve the problem.


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