For many employees, feedback is motivating. When you hear from a manager what you are doing well and where you need to improve, you can use that information to guide your performance and make decisions moving forward.
But for leaders, providing such feedback often falls to the bottom of the to-do list, says Mayke Nagtegaal, COO of cloud-communication platform, MessageBird, on TechCrunch. In fact, less than 50 percent of employees surveyed said they received feedback a few times per year, according to Gallup.
So, amid a busy schedule, when is the best time to hold performance reviews?
The answer: There isn’t one.
“You can’t put performance feedback on hold until you have everything ‘ironed out,’” Nagtegaal says. “The pace of business today is too quick to wait for the perfect time, because the ‘perfect time’ may be too late or worse—it may never come at all.”
The takeaway: Take time to recognize employees. Whether your evaluation is positive or not, even a few quick moments to walk through how they’re doing can go a long way in making them feel valued and like you’re invested in their success.
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