Negative Feedback: Turning a Negative into a Positive [Infographic]

With summer come thoughts of sunny beaches and lazy days filled with sunscreen and exotic, tiny-umbrella-adorned drinks. At least, that’s where our thoughts are. First we have to deal with Mid-Year Performance Reviews. Although reviews are becoming a thing of the past, replaced by more frequent, regular feedback, they remain in widespread use. They also remain a significant source of stress for managers and employees alike. That stress stems primarily from our discomfort expressing and accepting negative feedback.

The Rules of Negative Feedback

First and foremost, negative feedback doesn’t have to be seen as… well… negative. Many employees benefit from this kind of candid feedback. After all, improving performance requires a clear understanding of expectations. When you accept feedback as a positive, it comes down to one simple question: How do you deliver negative feedback without causing conflict?

In this colorful infographic from Headway Capital, you’ll learn the 12 rules for delivering negative feedback. It clearly busts the many myths surrounding criticism and how we perceive it. Then, it gives you a comprehensive list of Dos and Don’ts to guide your feedback session. With this powerful tool, the anxiety and stress of Mid-Year Reviews can finally be set aside. Managers and employees can get down to the real business of improving performance and achieving success.

Afterward, the beach and tiny umbrellas await!




Ron Damon

Ron Damon is a writer, editor, actor, poet, and social media enthusiast. A former teacher of English and Theater, Ron now concentrates on writing and editing full time. He is not the least bit embarrassed about being a cliché. Ron is a proud member of the ExchangeGain team.

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