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Have you ever given an employee feedback with the intention that positive results will ensue, but later find out that your efforts to help an employee were a flop?  Or maybe you simply feel that all of your feedback lands on uninterested ears? As a leader of an organization, providing feedback in a way that will encourage your employees rather than shrinking them ends up being an entirely win-win situation.

1. Highlight the positives

Honest feedback always produces better results than the sugarcoated kind.  Yet being truthful doesn’t have to focus on the flaws. If an employee truly accomplished a task for the business or successfully finished a project, give that employee the praise he or she deserves.  Presenting your employees’ strengths will boost their confidence in their abilities and confident employees make for a confident organization.

2. How to Confront those Flaws

One of your employees overall is a great worker, but there are a few things that he or she could change.  When giving this employee feedback, offer these weaknesses as an opportunity to grow. Instead of feeling discouraged, employees will be reminded that you value their efforts and want to continue to help them develop even stronger skills. 

3. Connect

If you view your role as a CEO as simply the head overseer and not as a member of the team, chances are your employees might not value you as a respectable leader.  Effective leaders perfect the balance of relationship and growth with those they are leading. Only working on making each individual on your team the very best person and forgetting to build that human relationship, will make employees think of you as cold and distant.  Rather, when employees know that you care about them as real people with very real lives, they are encouraged and reassured that their presence in the company is important.

These are just a few tips that might help you, as a CEO, promote the well-being, and thus productivity of your employees.  After all, positive employees make for a positive company.