Giving and Receiving Feedback

In life as much as in work, it’s important to know how to provide feedback to others, effectively and constructively without causing offence. One of the most valuable contributions anyone can make to another person’s learning is constructive comment. Whether each one of us has the capacity to provide useful information to other people that will help them to learn more effectively.

To bother to offer another person’s feedback about their work indicates both that you care enough about them to spend your time considering their situation and that their work is worthy of your attention. You are both affirming the worth of the person and offering them your views on something into which they have put some effort. Everyone has the capacity for giving useful feedback and some people use it to more effect than others. The skills of giving and receiving feedback can be developed if attention is given to some of the attributes of worthwhile feedback and how it can be given in ways which enhance its contribution to learning.

Valid feedback from others, when properly given, can make all the difference between success and failure on the job. Feedback provides us with information as to what is working and what is not working. We may look at feedback as a bad thing or something totally negative. However, when viewed in a different manner, you can see how feedback is an opportunity to expand your understanding of the perception of others and use the feedback as a tool for achieving positive results.

Bodhih’s Giving and Receiving Feedback program has been developed to provide an overview of frameworks and techniques that promote the interchange of positive and constructive feedback. This program has been developed to provide an overview of frameworks and techniques that promote the interchange of positive and constructive feedback.