Part 2: Giving your manager positive feedback

As we had discussed in our previous article about approaching your manager, making the approach to someone in the workplace, especially a superior, can be a daunting task. After mustering up the courage and organizing yourself before finally deciding to give someone feedback, you must identify what type of feedback you will give your supervisor.

Different work-related situations call for different kinds of feedback, each with its own intention, delivery, and nuance since no two situations that arise in the workplace will truly ever be the same. Giving feedback is one of the most important tools that help businesses improve communication and make sure that employees and management maintain themselves engaged. The result of good feedback can range from reaching businesses objectives to making coworkers feel more connected to one another. The act of giving in person feedback is straightforward: communicating to someone how you experienced a situation or event. And while the premise is simple, the needs and personalities of each individual make this a complicated affair. It also very much depends on the situation at hand. For example, when you have a positive experience with your manager performance that you find works for your and the workplace as a whole, it is important that you acknowledge it. Acknowledging good leadership at the workplace can lead to increased motivation and productivity from the team as well as the superiors. Furthermore, when you acknowledge positive behavior, it is more likely that the person repeats it. Here are a few things you should know about giving positive feedback to your superior:

Building on their strength:

One of the most effective ways to give someone positive feedback is by showing appreciation for the person’s strengths. This is especially true when you are giving your manager or supervisor feedback. Let them know of specific actions or decisions that your manager acted upon and the positive effect these had on you. Not only does this encourage your superior to maintain his/her high level of performance, but it also established a level of professionalism that is necessary to keep between employee and boss.

Watch your tone:

Speaking of professionalism, the tone you adopt while giving your manager feedback affects how it will be interpreted by your manager. It is favorable to use a detached, neutral, genuine, and candid tone. This demonstrates to your manager that your intentions are strictly professional all while avoiding coming off as a flatterer who is only giving positive feedback in order to improve your standing with your supervisor. This is important since if your manager interprets your feedback as being today or disingenuous, not only will your feedback likely lose its purpose, but it might also negative affect your standing with your boss.

Keep it personal:

While giving your manager feedback, talk about how you experienced their performance. Discuss your opinion on their execution as your manager all while refraining from delving too much into how your coworkers feel about. While it is tempting to say “everyone in the office is loving what you’re doing”, you should look to the only talk about your personal experience while giving any kind of feedback, particularly positive feedback. Not only does this create rapport between you and your manager, but it also allows your other coworkers to give your manager positive feedback as well.