Whether remote or in-person, getting feedback from your team is crucial to succeed as a leader and grow your business. Here are three ideas—plus some tips—to get the feedback you need.
If you believe that surveys are an outdated tool to get employee input, think again. For example, the guys at Facebook still believe that surveys are an essential feedback strategy. Even when you have every type of technology available, surveys are still good predictors of behavior and give employees the chance to be heard.
Chances are that you hold meetings only for specific purposes, like discussing a new project or tracking the progress of a current one. While this type of meeting is often indispensable, open-ended meetings whose main goal is to get feedback from your team can also be very useful and send a clear message about the importance of feedback in your organization.
3. Debriefing Sessions
Take the time to schedule one-on-one debriefing sessions with members of your team after a milestone has been achieved, or whenever a significant event occurs. This will help you see things from the perspective of your employees, uncovering details and nuances that you may miss otherwise.
Some Additional Tips
Now that you are equipped with a full toolkit to get input from your tips, here are some guidelines to keep in mind as you apply these ideas:
- Thank people who speak up
- Close the loop (update people about how you are applying their suggestions)
- Give credit
- Give your rationale for rejecting an idea
Finally, don’t forget that oftentimes the most effective strategy is simply asking for what you want. This applies to feedback as well: make it a habit to ask questions frequently. This shows your team that you appreciate their input. Plus, it builds a fair degree of critical thinking into your work dynamics.
More Tips and Ideas
This is a selection of previous posts you can read for more ideas about recruiting, background checks, and background screening.
- What are sanctions checks?
- 3 Common myths about background screening, debunked
- A basic background screening glossary
- 3 Reasons why small businesses need to use background screening
- Extended workforce screening: everything you need to know
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