The challenge of offering feedback

Six simple tips to make sessions effective.

Startling statistics indicate we spend more time with our co-workers than our spouses, significant others, or family.

Given how much time we’re at work and the reliance we have on our coworkers, inevitably situations go sideways. Someone drops the ball, breaks a rule, steps over a boundary, or just plain behaves badly.

We feel discomfort when giving our co-workers feedback—it ranks right up there with public speaking for some—so we tend to avoid it.

But failure to deal with bad behavior creates a toxic work environment, breaks down teamwork, and gives power where it doesn’t belong.


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