The closer to the event you address the issue, the better.
And it's much easier to provide feedback about a single, one-hour job that hasn't been done properly than it is to do so about a whole year of failed, one-hour jobs.
But if the situation involved is highly emotional, wait until everyone has calmed down before you engage in feedback
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Informal, simple feedback should be given much more often than this – perhaps every week or even every day, depending on the situation.
It's not a once-a-year or a once-every-three-month event. Though this may be the timing of formal feedback.
The purpose of giving feedback is to improve the situation or the person's performance. You won't accomplish that by being harsh, critical or offensive.
You'll likely get much more from people when your approach is positive and focused on improvement. That's not to say feedback always has to be good, but it should be fair and balanced.
Feedback provides an opportunity to gain insights about a person's personal and professional actions.
Without feedback, we will move in the same direction without realizing our shortcomings. With feedback, we can incorporate outside suggestions and improve accordingly.
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