Feedback is more important in startups than in big companies. It’s easy to underestimate feedback in startups. Everyone is so busy, already spends lots of time together, and good feedback is hard. It often gets deprioritised.How do you give constructive feedback to an employee?
Don’t be personal in your feedback. Give constructive feedback for the behavior, not for the person. An easy way to do this is to use the sentence structure, “When you [action],” or “Your performance on [project],” rather than using sentences that start with “You are.”.What makes good feedback good?
Good feedback acknowledges no one wants to do a bad job; is ruthlessly honest anyway; and inspires change in the receiver. In startups, your team’s success is your success and you win or lose together. This makes feedback an obligation, not a choice.Why is feedfeedback important for startups?
Feedback is, purely selfishly, disproportionately important for people in startups. Here’s why. In startups, the success of everyone involved is usually highly correlated. For people with high opportunity cost, startups often aren’t worth doing if they don’t work.