This week’s peacebuilding tip is about how to give regular feedback.
Whether it is at home or at work, it is important to give regular feedback to others. If somebody is not living up to your expectations, it is important to give constructive and positive feedback. I recommend giving about 5 times as much positive feedback as constructive feedback. Something positive that is simple and quick can help build a trust bank which makes it easier to give constructive feedback.
When giving feedback, it is important to give it in a timely manner. Do not let something that bothers you build up inside you. Also, being specific about the behavior is important. What behavior specifically is bothering you? Make sure the specific behavior is actionable. Give them recommendations on how to improve. Avoid telling them what is wrong and telling them to just fix it. Helping each other is a collaborative experience.
Engaging in regular feedback is incredibly important to let people know where they are at. They will feel more encouraged and supported in their efforts to realign with expectations.