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Peer-to-Peer: The Art of Giving Feedback Like a Pro

Peer performance reviews can be nerve-wracking for both the reviewer and the reviewee. As seasoned HR professionals, we know that giving and receiving feedback is an essential part of professional growth and development. But it's not always easy to know how to deliver feedback that is both specific and actionable, especially when it's negative.


In this blog post, we'll dive into the best practices for delivering effective feedback in a peer performance review. From being clear and direct to focusing on behaviors instead of personalities, we'll cover everything you need to know to make your next performance review a success. So, whether you're a seasoned HR professional or just looking to improve your feedback skills, grab a cup of coffee and let's get started!"




Before you start - What's the point?

Before you jump into the nitty-gritty, make sure you're clear on the purpose of the review. Are you there to simply acknowledge a job well done, or is this an opportunity for growth and development? Once you have a clear understanding of the purpose, you can tailor your feedback accordingly.


When giving feedback, it's important to be specific and actionable.

Specific: When giving feedback, avoid being vague or general. Instead, provide specific examples of behaviors or actions that you would like to see improved or continued. For instance, instead of saying "You could be more organized," try saying "I noticed that you often miss deadlines on projects. I think it would be helpful if you created a to-do list or used a project management tool to keep track of your tasks." This specific feedback allows your coworker to understand exactly what needs to be improved and how.


Actionable: Feedback should always be actionable, meaning that it should be useful and lead to improvement. Instead of just pointing out problems, provide suggestions for how your coworker can address the issue. For example, instead of saying "Your presentations could use work," try saying "I noticed that your presentations sometimes lack structure. I think it would be helpful if you used a clear and concise outline to guide your audience." By providing actionable feedback, you're not just critiquing your coworker, you're also helping them to grow and develop.



Tips for Negative Feedback

Delivering negative feedback can be one of the toughest parts of a peer performance review. However, with the right approach, you can deliver criticism in a way that is constructive and helpful to your coworker. Here are some tips to keep in mind:


  1. Be Clear and Direct: Be straightforward and clear about the issue you want to address. Avoid sugar-coating or beating around the bush. Be sure to state the specific behavior or action that needs improvement.

  2. Focus on the Behavior, Not the Person: When giving negative feedback, it's important to separate the person from their behavior. Instead of attacking their character or abilities, focus on the specific action or behavior that needs to change. For example, instead of saying "You're lazy," try saying "I noticed that you often miss deadlines, and I think it's impacting our team's productivity."

  3. Be Objective: Try to avoid using subjective language, such as "I don't like" or "I feel". Instead, use objective language to describe the situation. For example, instead of saying "I don't like the way you handle customer complaints," try saying "I noticed that when dealing with customer complaints, you sometimes become defensive, and this can escalate the situation."

  4. Provide Solutions: When giving negative feedback, it's important to also provide solutions or suggestions for improvement. For example, instead of just saying "You're not meeting your targets," try saying "I noticed that you're not meeting your targets. I think it would be helpful if you prioritize your tasks and create a plan to reach your goals."

  5. Follow Up: Finally, make sure to follow up and check in with your coworker after delivering negative feedback. This shows that you care about their growth and development, and it gives them an opportunity to demonstrate that they've taken your feedback to heart.


By following these tips, you can deliver negative feedback in a way that is respectful, constructive, and helpful to your coworker. Remember, the goal of feedback is to help your coworker grow and improve, not to criticize or judge them.



In conclusion, delivering effective feedback in a peer performance review takes practice and skill. By being specific, actionable, and following the tips outlined in this blog post, you'll be well on your way to conducting successful performance reviews that help your coworkers grow and develop.



So, there you have it folks, the art of giving feedback like a pro. Now, go forth and spread the love (and constructive criticism) in your next peer performance review.

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