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3 ways to get honest feedback

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Feeling off your game at work, but not sure where you’re falling short? The best thing to do is to ask your co-workers. Lifehacker’s Alan Henry shares three ways to get their honest feedback.

  1. Ask your boss first. Your workplace success is tied to hers, so she should be happy to help you learn more about your strengths and your weaknesses.
  2. Keep it casual and confidential. To reduce awkwardness, invite your trusted co-worker out to coffee. Keeping the conversation casual and confidential will help him feel more comfortable about providing critical feedback.
  3. Focus on growth. When soliciting sincere feedback, communicate that you want your co-worker to be honest but not overbearing. Keep the conversation focused on how you can grow and do better at your job.

— Adapted from “How Not to Be The Coworker Everyone Hates,” Alan Henry, Lifehacker.

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