Is having a supportive workplace antithetical to honest, straightforward, no-nonsense feedback? Emma Seppala, Ph.D., Science Director of Stanford’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and author of The Happiness Track, says no. (http://bit.ly/1Ub0egI)
“Not only can feedback given in a supportive way be honest, it is immeasurably more effective than blunt criticism in three critical ways: It motivates performance, is less likely to be misinterpreted, and uplifts rather crushes employees,” says Seppala.
She offers three research-based suggestions to help managers deliver constructive and candid feedback:
We wholeheartedly agree with Seppala’s bottom line lesson for leaders: “You can be both candid and caring.”
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