Effective Communication Through Two-way Feedback. It’s a Two-Way Street.
With any person-to-person interaction, there is an opportunity to give feedback. Feedback is important in generating the results that we need to be successful, especially in the workplace where the main objective of feedback is to strengthen progress towards objectives and goals. This can be achieved by providing genuine constructive and encouraging feedback to the recipient. Continue reading
5 Reasons why feedback is important to any organization
Who would dispute that feedback is a good thing? Organizations of any size can benefit from feedback. Both common sense and research conclude – feedback, whether positive or negative, and opportunities to turn that feedback in to actionable strategies helps to improve and enhance quality outputs of organizations. It also allows organizations to build and maintain direct communication across the entire organization – employees, suppliers, customers, vendors, and stakeholders.
Feedback is valuable information that can be used to make better informed business decisions. Top performing companies are top performing companies because they consistently set out ways to make their best even better. For top performing companies ‘continuous improvement’ is not just a showy catchphrase. It’s a true focus based on feedback from across the entire organization. Top performing companies are not only good at accepting feedback, they deliberately ask for feedback – and they know that feedback is helpful only when it highlights weaknesses as well as strengths.
Here are the 5 Reasons why feedback is important:
What exactly is feedback? We hear the term all the time, but do we truly know what it is and why it is so important?
The term ‘feedback’ is used to describe the helpful information or criticism about prior action or behavior from an individual, communicated to another individual (or a group) who can use that information to adjust and improve current and future actions and behaviors.
Feedback occurs when an environment reacts to an action or behavior. For example, ‘customer feedback’ is the buyers’ reaction to a company’s products, services, or policies; and ’employee performance feedback’ is the employees’ reaction to feedback from their manager – the exchange of information involves both performance expected and performance exhibited.
6 Potential Question Issues When Developing Your Feedback Solution
Many survey software and feedback solutions providers offer solutions for multi-mode administration of surveys and forms – online, paper, scanning, mobile, kiosk, face-to-face interview, or a combination of research modes. Each mode of research can gather valuable feedback, and has its own advantages and disadvantages. When developing any feedback tool, no matter what mode, you will want to take potential question issues into consideration as you plan your research.
The types of questions that you want to ask respondents, the chosen topics for discussion, and the volume of feedback you can expect will likely determine your mode of survey research.
Consider these 6 important question issues when planning your feedback research.
- What types of questions do you plan to ask respondents? The types of questions you ask can have an impact on response rates. Will you ask personal or demographic questions? Do you require very detailed responses? Can you anticipate what the most frequent or important types of responses will be, and develop logical closed-ended questions?
- Will your questions be complex? At times, the topic or subject matter can be very involved. The questions you ask will be multifaceted. Consider branching to sub-questions or route respondents to questions that are relevant to them based on answers given in previous questions. Continue reading