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10 ways to form better feedback at work

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Company-provided training sessions and more consistent, reliable feedback can make employees more engaged and satisfied with their jobs, writes Hannah Morgan for U.S. News & World Report. She provides 10 ways to create your own feedback and training op­­por­­­­tunities, fostering a bet­­ter re­­la­­­­tion­­ship be­­tween you and your employer.  

1.  Use your performance review. Use the time allotted to talk to your boss about how to accomplish your goals. You can also talk about identifying promotional paths.

2.  Ask more questions. To get more frequent feedback, ask for a meeting with your superior more often to review your progress. Come prepared with specific questions re­­gard­­ing your projects or work plans.

3.  Gain more experience. Learn new skills by cross-training with other departments. This will in­­crease your value by increasing your skill set.

4.  Learn from your co-workers. Get together with your co-workers for a lunch or a meeting and let each person talk about topics she feels knowledgeable about.

5.  Seek out training. Many websites offer free training if your company doesn’t. As an alternative, ask someone who has a skill you’d like to acquire to mentor you.

6.  Collaborate. Share resources and tools with other employees to help each other do your jobs more efficiently.

7.  Share group ideas with management. Once you know the kind of training co-workers would like, present that to your supervisors. They are more likely to offer it if more people share the same idea.

8.  Try sending a representative. If your organization can’t afford to send everyone to training, try sending one person who is willing to take the information and come back and teach everyone else.

9.  Use peer feedback. Ask your co-workers to help you find areas you could improve upon. This will help you personally while also fostering friendships.

10.  Make feedback easy. Create a checklist that makes it easier for people to provide feedback on specific, listed skills.

— Adapted from “10 Ways to Get What You Want at Work,” Hannah Morgan, U.S. News & World Report.

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