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Let me start by saying that I believe in giving praise when deserved and letting employees know when they dropped the ball. However, the truth is that no one enjoys being reprimanded or told they messed up.
The question is, what is the appropriate balance between the right amount of praise and the right amount of critical feedback? According to studies done by Harvard Business School, the ratio of praise to critical feedback should be about 6:1 – Six praises for every critical feedback. I am not sure if I agree with that.
From personal experience, I would recommend a lot more praise. The exact ratio doesn’t matter. What’s important is that before you consider giving critical feedback, ensure you have given that employee a lot of recent praise. If not, whatever you are trying to get through to an employee, will fall on deaf ears.
When you do have to give critical feedback, remember a few things:
Focus on the issue or behavior; never attack the person, and remain calm in your actions and words Ask the employee for feedback, their side of the story Speak to the employee in private Address the issue soon after it happens; never wait Don’t rely on second-hand information; it’s always better if you have experienced the situation yourself that you want to correct Have an open discussion and find things that both of you can agree upon Have an action plan moving forward that the employee can take ownership of Use the experience as a learning tool Make sure you bring up positive attributes about them Remember, you don’t want the employee to be angry or upset with you; you want them to reflect on the situation and what can be improved. One last thing. Everyone makes mistakes. We need to be mindful of this.
Recorded Live at Vision 2023, Dave Hobbs, Scot Manna, and Eric Ziegler have an open discussion on the importance of training, leading to the question, "Does the public really know what we do?" Dave Hobbs, senior technical trainer and curriculum developer for Delphi Technologies. Dave’s previous episodes HERE. Scot Manna, Trainer, ACDelco Technician of the Millennium. Scot’s previous episodes HERE. Eric Ziegler, EZ Diagnostic Solutions. Eric’s previous episodes HERE. Show Notes
“What scan tool should you buy?” Class at Vision 2023 with 6 trainers They don't care how much you know until they know how much you care The outside of class experience is just as important or maybe more important. You're going to create connections that are going to serve you for almost your entire career As long as you continue learning, your mind stays young You must read the service information! The people that need the training, aren't in the training classes. Some people don't go to updated training, struggle to get out of their shop, and don’t network with other shops. How many vehicles are on the road that needs ADAS calibration? 70%? Critical thinking is root problem solving. The public does not know what it takes and the tireless amount of dedication to do this career. We're all in this industry together. If you raise the lake, everybody's boat floats higher. Do the job. Do the job right. Everything else will take care of itself.
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