How to ask for feedback at work

Asking for feedback at work is an important way to improve and grow in your role.

Chose the Right Time, Place and Person

Decide who you want to ask for feedback from. It could be your manager, a colleague, a mentor or someone who is familiar with your work. Then select a suitable time when both you and the person giving feedback have some privacy and can focus on the conversation without interruptions.

Be Clear about your Objective

Clearly define the areas or projects you want feedback on, this makes it easier for the person giving feedback to provide specific and relevant input. Make sure to always be polite and respectful in your approach, and highlight that you are open to any feedback – be that constructive criticism or areas you are excelling in.

Taking Onboard Constructive Criticism

Make it clear that you’re receptive to criticism and want to learn from this. While receiving feedback, listen attentively without interrupting. Take notes if necessary, and ask follow-up questions to clarify points. Regardless of the feedback’s nature, thank the person for taking the time to provide their insights. This shows appreciation for their effort and encourages future feedback.

Reflect and Apply

After receiving feedback, take time to reflect on the advice and suggestions. Identify actionable steps you can take to improve based on the feedback received. If you’ve taken steps to implement the feedback, consider following up with the person who provided it. This demonstrates your commitment to improvement and shows that you value their input.

Remember that asking for feedback is a sign of your dedication to personal and professional growth. It’s a skill that can be improved over time, and the more you practice, the better you’ll become at receiving and using feedback effectively.

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