Did you remember Feedback and Appraisal?

8 May 2020

Working from home makes some things easier and other things harder.

Thank you, thank you, I also think that is a profound insight.

What’s with the thank you, thank you? Feedback and appraisal!

Giving feedback and doing appraisals are hard. But they are much harder face-to-screen or ear-to-device. That’s if you even remember to do them.

Here’s the thing: Now is exactly the time you should be more caring with your feedback and diligent with your appraisals. People need to feel, not just hear, that you still remember them.

Consider this email a reminder: Just because you can’t see your colleagues or the people who report to you is no excuse not to still manage and lead them professionally. Give them (positive) feedback and tell them how (well) they are performing. Above all, show them some appreciation.

And what about you? Has anyone given you feedback or shown you some appreciation? No? Well, have you asked?

The higher up the ladder you are, the less direct feedback you will get and the more indirect feedback will be aimed at your back. So turn around and ask.

(Hint: Don’t make people uncomfortable by asking direct questions such as “How am I doing?” Make them participants in your performance by asking them “How can we be better at this?” That should be enough to seduce them into saying something nice about you. It might still be indirect, but hey, take what you can get.)

Finally, how about giving me some feedback? Do you still want me to send you this weekly trigger email or have you had enough? (I know there’s no unsubscribe button, hence my question.)

Please let me know.

(Did you catch that? I did not ask you to tell me how much you like my emails. That’s too direct. I asked whether you still want me to send them. If you say yes, I will take it as a sign of appreciation. Thank you.)

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