Employees want to know how they're doing -- and they want to know it often. They crave both positive and constructive feedback. What are their strengths? Where can they improve? Where do they stand in the organization?
It's every manager's responsibility to provide meaningful feedback on a regular basis. And that doesn't mean waiting for the annual review to roll around: Employees that are highly engaged at work receive feedback at least once a week.
But giving feedback regularly isn't just beneficial for the employee -- it's beneficial for the team, too. Did you know that receiving feedback can actually inspire your employees to work harder and become more engaged? In fact, 69% of employees say they would work harder if they felt their efforts were being better recognized. Employees who receive little or no feedback from their managers tend to disengage from their work more readily.
Check out the infographic below from OfficeVibe for more data showing the importance of giving employees timely, specific, and helpful feedback on a regular basis. (And read this blog post to learn how to give negative feedback without sounding like a jerk.)