How to Give Constructive Feedback

One of the toughest parts of a manager’s job is giving employees constructive feedback. But it’s also one of the most important superpowers managers must improve.

Without good feedback, workers won’t grow. Whether it’s positive or negative, employees need to know where they stand. For our purposes, we’ll use the example of a superhero who has excelled at giving feedback: Charles “Professor X” Xavier, the founder and leader of the X-Men.

For years, Professor X has run a private school that trains mutants and turns them into superheroes like you. It’s not an easy job – he just makes it look easy. Here are four tips to give better feedback like the leader of the X-Men: [Read more…]

Damage control: When ‘harmless’ jokes cross the line

Everyone laughed except the people who were the butt of the jokes

Everyone loves a good joke, but humor is a very tricky thing. What’s funny to one person may be an insult to another.

While most of us don’t want to work in a completely sanitized workplace, we also don’t like being embarrassed or being the butt of someone else’s misplaced sense of humor. [Read more…]