As you’ve likely gathered by this point, the more support you have in your virtual career, the more likely you’re going to succeed, which is why finding a mentor is so important. Below are some tips for finding opportunities for feedback.
HOW TO ASK FOR AND RECEIVE FEEDBACK VIRTUALLY
When you work virtually, it’s easy to get caught up in being productive, without stopping to ask for feedback about how you can be more effective. In order to improve and grow, feedback—including negative feedback—is vital to your job. If you feel you could benefit from feedback but aren’t getting any, ask for a meeting with your supervisor or boss. During the meeting, focus on what you can do better in the future, and give your supervisor multiple opportunities to provide feedback by being specific about the situations you’re looking for feedback from. Regularly incorporating opportunities for feedback can also help you communicate to your employer your hopes and goals for your career, which can create opportunities for you to progress.
Note: Opportunities for growth aren’t always built into virtual work roles. Your best tool here will be communication; have a frank conversation with your employer about your short- and long-term goals within the organization, how to best set yourself up for success, and your dreams for the future.
How to give feedback virtually to youth employees
With the shift to virtual work during COVID-19, and the potential for it to continue, employers have to build new communication practices to reinforce a positive and healthy workplace. According to youth survey respondents, good communication is the most important element of creating positive virtual work culture. Giving feedback to new virtual employees is integral to staff productivity, success, and satisfaction.
Keep your feedback timely and relevant, as issues can escalate if they’re not addressed immediately. Before you give feedback, check in on your employee to see how they’re doing and what they’re working on to understand their mindset. Feedback can often be delivered more successfully if it includes appreciation and a clear desired outcome. For example, you might start by complimenting your employee’s creative skills, while expressing a desire to help them improve their communication skills so their ideas are better understood. Be specific around your expectations and be supportive of your employees’ self-leadership skills by asking open-ended questions like, “How can I help?” or “What do you need?”