Your employees may be hesitant to give each other feedback at first because they don’t want to risk tainting their relationships with co-workers. They may feel giving feedback is the sole responsibility of their manager. Tackle these concerns head on by listing the benefits of giving great peer feedback:
1. Help teammates develop their skills
Rather than sparing their feelings, failing to provide feedback actually blocks your team’s professional development. When you’re working as a team, the further your peer develops their professional skills the further the team goes as a whole, boosting your team's productivity.
2. Avoiding office drama
Giving peer feedback allows employees to get out the little things that are bothering them before they become a big problem. If you have an open work environment, you can feel secure in the knowledge that your workmate won’t be offended if you tell them they need to meet their deadlines more often so that you can complete your assignments. Diffuse office tensions before they become conflicts with feedback.
3. Building a great work environment
Recognizing your peers achievements is just as important as giving constructive feedback. When you celebrate team successes you boost the positive vibe in the work atmosphere.
This article is part of a management guide about how to become a better leader with feedback.
Manager’s Handbook: How will giving more feedback help my team?