Imagine taking a road trip somewhere you’ve never been with no GPS, maps, or signs to tell you where you’re going. Think of the frustration you would feel. Now, imagine that same scenario at work.
Working week-after-week with limited feedback and no guidance shouldn’t be the norm. While performance reviews are helpful in reflecting on past projects and setting future goals, what about right now?
This is why more and more companies are recognizing the value of continuous feedback. It’s a simple way to communicate expectations, progress, and achievements in the moment. Think of this feedback as a guide as your employees navigate through their day-to-day. Regular feedback means they can respond immediately to changing needs, expectations, or issues that come up. No more feeling lost without a map.
Continuous Feedback = Engaged Employees
And, there’s a definite benefit to providing continuous feedback—it’s been shown to create more engaged, productive employees.
Companies whose employees are actively engaged in their work enjoy 18% higher revenue compared to a disengaged workforce. Besides financial sense, engaged employees also contribute to happier, more productive workplaces.
3 Simple Ways to Introduce Continuous Feedback
Are you ready to introduce continuous feedback into your organization? Here are 3 easy ways to get started:
Get in the habit of setting regular goals. Lots of us already do this in our everyday lives (I will go to the gym 3 times this week), so why not at the office? Goals provide tangible milestones for employees and managers to work towards.
Along the way, encourage managers to provide comments. This introduces immediate feedback every step of the way and eliminates that “hope-I’m-doing-okay” feeling that happens to the best of us. Besides, who doesn’t love the sense of accomplishment that comes with crushing a goal?
360 Degree Feedback
This type of feedback helps improve transparency and creates a dialogue between employees, colleagues, and managers.
Set up a system that makes it easy for your teams to submit feedback about themselves, their co-workers, or their managers. Tools like Performance™ provide a simple way to submit, track, and store feedback year-round and can even gather that feedback to include in a performance review.
This is a great way to get a snapshot of progress and achievements throughout the year and address challenges right away, not months down the line.
Finally, sometimes nothing beats a face-to-face conversation. Schedule regular meetings and use a performance review template as a jumping-off point for these one-on-ones. Besides, performance reviews don’t have to only be an annual thing! Try combining regular check-ins with a traditional annual review for consistent year-round communication between your employees and managers.
Performance™: Your All-in-One Continuous Feedback Tool
With Goals, 360 Degree Feedback, and of course, performance reviews, Performance™ is the perfect continuous feedback starter kit.