8 Tips to Normalize Continuous Feedback

Make feedback a winning habit on your team.

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Lauren Humphrey

Co-founder of Tandem

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While implementing a culture of continuous feedback may seem daunting, there are several strategies organizations can employ to ease the transition. Use these tips to make it easier to normalize continuous feedback on your team!

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Establish Norms

Cultivate a culture where feedback is valued and encouraged at all levels of the organization. This will help to normalize continuous feedback. Set up team norms that encourage and reward feedback – recognition, positive, and constructive. Discuss failure and improvement openly.

Lead by Example

Managers and team leaders should model the behavior they wish to see by actively seeking and receiving feedback themselves. This demonstrates humility and openness, encouraging others to follow suit. Leading by example goes far in efforts to normalize continuous feedback.

Set Clear Expectations

Define clear performance expectations and goals for all employees, regardless of their position within the organization. This provides a framework for feedback and helps employees understand what is expected of them.

Provide Training and Resources

Equip managers and employees alike with the skills and resources they need to deliver and receive feedback effectively. Offer training workshops, coaching sessions, or access to feedback tools and resources.

Embrace Technology

Leverage technology to facilitate ongoing feedback exchanges. Utilize feedback platforms or communication tools that enable real-time feedback and performance tracking, making it easier for employees to share and receive feedback. Tools like Tandem will help with both making feedback easier and normalizing continuous feedback.

Celebrate Growth and Improvement

Recognize and celebrate progress and achievements, regardless of their scale. Ask employees to share feedback “success stories” that demonstrate open communication and growth. Positive reinforcement reinforces desired behaviors and motivates employees to continue their development journey.

Focus on Follow Up

After providing feedback, follow up with team members to discuss progress and any additional support or resources they may need. This demonstrates that feedback is not a one-time event but an ongoing process aimed at continuous improvement.

Create Safe Spaces

Continuous feedback will uncover trust issues, performance gaps, and communication issues. Especially during the transition, HR can hold sessions for employees to express concerns, thoughts, and suggestions. Creating a psychologically safe space, will encourage employees to be open and honest in the transition. While uncomfortable, this transition can help teams resolve underlying issues that have been holding back performance.

Put These Tips Together to Normalize Continuous Feedback

By normalizing a culture of continuous feedback in every direction, organizations can create a more supportive, fair, and high-performing workplace. While the transition may be challenging at first, the long-term benefits far outweigh the initial hurdles. With a commitment to openness, transparency, and growth, organizations can empower all employees to reach their full potential and drive success.