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A Gallup survey released earlier this year indicated that, when employees regularly received input and insights from leaders, they were more engaged in work.

The survey data showed that workers who strongly agreed that they received "meaningful feedback" in the preceding week, were almost four times more likely than other employees to be engaged in their work. And engagement is just one of the positive outcomes of regular feedback.

8 benefits of ongoing feedback

Meaningful, ongoing feedback from supervisors supports employees, assesses their strengths and weaknesses, and offers useful advice. Ongoing feedback:

  1. Improves productivity. People learn by trial and error, but that doesn’t mean everyone has to reinvent the wheel. Input from a supervisor or more seasoned employee, improves productivity because people learn the most effective approach to the task at hand sooner.
  2. Encourages new ideas. Ongoing feedback helps facilitate conversations between all members of the team and their managers. You never know when a simple observation will spark creativity and help everyone see something from a new perspective.
  3. Builds strong relationships. Ongoing feedback ensures regular communication between employees and their managers. They get to know each other better, which helps improve camaraderie and reinforces company culture.
  4. Increases employee retention. According to Indeed, needing more of a challenge is one of the top reasons employees quit their jobs. When managers are visibly interested in helping their employees reach their full potential, however, workers are inclined to stick around.
  5. Eliminates surprises during review time. Instead of waiting months to tell an employee that they’re falling behind, ongoing feedback lets employees know where they stand and whether they are achieving their goals. This increases the chances involved parties are on the same page and nobody is surprised come review time.
  6. Helps introverted employees learn new skills. Some employees might be too nervous or shy to speak up and ask questions. When organizations make ongoing feedback a priority, all workers are more comfortable asking questions. As a result, they will learn new skills.
  7. Strengthens leaders. As the Harvard Business Review observes, if you want to become a great manager, you need to be a great coach. By providing ongoing feedback to employees, managers learn how to interact with a more diverse set of personalities which can improve their management skills.
  8. Keeps employees engaged. Ongoing feedback requires managers to take active roles in their employees' work experience. Workers will know that their managers are invested in making sure they are doing things correctly and learning best practices for doing their jobs. This active approach to management should help improve employee engagement.

Key to remember

Employees are more motivated to do outstanding work when their manager provides daily versus annual feedback.