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It’s mid-December. We’re neck deep in the holiday season, some of us still searching for just the right gift for everyone on our list. Did you know that one of the greatest gifts you can give your team and co-workers this holiday season is feedback? It’s true.

Don’t leave them wondering how they are doing. You may be busy, thinking they know they’re doing a great job, assuming they know you appreciate them. But remember, if you aren’t telling them, it’s human nature for them to fill in the blanks with the worst possible scenarios. Especially when stress of year-end demands are high.

To make your feedback meaningful, it’s as easy as 1-2-3.

  1. Make it timely – Give the feedback as soon possible to the actual event it relates to.
  2. Make it specific – Don’t just say great job, tell them what they did that was so great.
  3. Make it personal – Know your people. If they don’t like to be thanked in public, make it private. If they do like the attention, thank them in front of others.

Sometimes, you have to give corrective feedback. That’s a gift, too, when you are giving it in the spirit of helping them achieve their highest potential. When giving corrective feedback, always end the discussion restating your expectations and your confidence that they can be successful.