Sometimes, avoiding confrontation can create more emotional stress than facing the music and delivering difficult feedback upfront.
Stress from feedback avoidance can unleash a toxic storm in the workplace, casting a dark cloud over team morale, productivity, and performance. It’s like a disastrous dance routine that nobody wants to join.
The same study notes go to show that withholding feedback can also lead to employee alienation and neglect, which often results in dramatic decreases in employee morale, productivity, and performance.
So, let’s flip the script and find our groove in constructive criticism. Whether in a formal performance review or a casual chat, the key is to hit that perfect rhythm.
Just remember that when offering in-the-moment criticism, it’s wise to take a pause and ask yourself if you’re in the right mindset to deliver that feedback constructively.