This edition of Sparked was published and delivered on February 17th, 2023.
Sparked is Fired Up! Culture’s bi-weekly email newsletter focused on what drives culture and engagement in the workplace. This newsletter is for leaders who are ready to get intentional about bringing their team together, building engagement, and harnessing the power of culture to drive results.
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Engage your Team by Seeking Feedback Regularly
Much is made about the need for downstream feedback in thriving organizations. Sure, effective leaders must be able to identify opportunities, communicate shortcomings, and coach their team members for improvement.
But the flow of feedback in an organization should not be a one-way street.
Organizations with healthy culture and engaged team members at every level leverage feedback that flows both upwards and downwards.
Leaders who are able to effectively solicit, receive, and act on feedback from their team on a regular basis put themselves in a position to lead themselves, their team members, and their organizations forward.
There is so much to gain by building a culture where feedback flows freely and safely, upwards to leadership.
Actively seeking feedback when in a leadership role positions you to:
- Set the example of how feedback should be asked for, received, and acted on
- Provide opportunities for your team members to let their voices be heard
- Identify potential strengths to lean further into
- Uncover pain points that can be considered for adjustment
Asking for feedback can be one of the most powerful ways to build engagement from your team but few leaders do it as often or effectively as they should.
Read more on why you should frequently seek feedback from your team from our latest on the Fired Up! Culture blog.
Hot off the presses!
We are proud to share The 2022 Culture & Workplace Engagement Report! This first annual report is our summary of proprietary data focused on what drives and erodes culture and engagement in the workplace.
Build off nearly 1,200 Fired Up! Culture Index responses, this report holds important findings and recommendations for organizational leaders hungry to know what’s engaging their workforce today.
For your Consideration
Have you considered how you can seek feedback more regularly from your team to surface their appreciation, ideas, and grievances?
Build opportunities for upward feedback to spur team engagement. Here are a few ideas if you’re looking to get started:
What could you ask for feedback on?
- your personal performance
- organizational/team culture
- operations, systems, and processes
- delivery on your customer promise
- benefits, rewards, and compensation
How could you ask for feedback?
- survey questionnaires
- open feedback forms
- team meetings
- 1:1 conversations
If you’re not consistently asking for feedback from your team, start simply, and make sure you follow through well after receiving feedback.
Further Exploration on Seeking Feedback
- How Leaders Must Follow Through After Collecting Feedback
- 10 Leadership Trait Combinations That Build Culture
- How Leaders Can Get Honest, Productive Feedback
Chad spent 10+ years in the digital agency space, leading a 45+ person digital marketing agency through multiple mergers and acquisitions before joining the Fired-Up! team. He’s built new service lines from the ground up, developed leaders and executives to empower talented workforces, and engaged teams to drive remarkable business growth all within the agency and consulting arena.