What should I consider when giving feedback?

The same situation can be perceived very differently by different people. With feedback, you get to know other perspectives and arrive at a more differentiated picture of a situation.

The following points should be considered when giving feedback:

  • Give specific and observable examples. If you are too general, it may be difficult for the receiver of your feedback to understand what specific behaviours you are referring to.
  • Send I-messages and describe your own view. I-messages convey that one's own perception is subjective and give the other person the option of accepting or not accepting the criticism. I-messages do not attack the other person.
  • Be honest and say what you think. Only honest feedback promotes positive development.
  • Describe feelings and explain what concrete situations have triggered in you. Colleagues can more easily understand how you feel and can comprehend your behaviour.
  • Formulate wishes and describe needs so that team colleagues can hear what is important to you and where you want to go.

You can find more information on giving feedback here.