When was the last time you received feedback on your job? If you’ve gone long stretches without knowing where you stand it can be nerve-wracking. If you just started a new job there is a natural sense of unsettledness that comes with the first 90-days. So, it’s an important time to ask for feedback, especially if your employers don’t seem inclined to provide it own their own.
Here’s how to ask for feedback in your first few months on the job.
First 90-Day Evaluation
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) says that employers are ditching formal evaluations in favor of more frequent informal check-ins with employees. They say 95% of managers are unhappy with traditional evaluations, saying they don’t come frequently enough to correct poor performers or reward the top-producing employees.
But it’s in that first crucial 90-days where many employers fail to evaluate employees, and in some cases, don’t give them any feedback. Those first three months are where you prove yourself after the interview, so it’s very important to know if you’re on the right track. Psychology Today says just over one-third of all employees leave after their first 90-days. They say it is because the job wasn’t what was advertised during the interview or the corporate culture wasn’t as good as they thought.
In any case, heading off that first 90-day temptation to quit. It gives employers and employees a chance to course-correct early in the worker’s career. Asking your boss for feedback during the first 90-days is a good thing; it shows your commitment to the company for the long haul and your engagement in the work you’re doing. Asking for feedback at 90-days is a proactive way to build a better relationship with your boss.
Asking for the feedback shouldn’t be a casual thing. Don’t do it standing by the water cooler. Send an email or reach out in person and tell them you’d like a short meeting to find out how the first 90-days went, including what you can improve on going forward. Make the meeting about 15- to 30-minutes unless the manager wants more time. Here are some good questions to ask:
• How are things going with my work?
• Have you gotten any feedback from my coworkers you can share?
• Are you satisfied with the work I’m producing?
• Is there anything I could be doing differently?
• What would you like me to work on in the next few months?
This is a good time to suggest that additional training might help. Would you benefit from mentoring or shadowing another employee? Does your manager need additional reporting to keep them in the loop? Would more regular one-on-one meetings improve your relationship with your boss? Keep in mind you can also ask your co-workers for this same kind of feedback.
However, here’s a tip to remember; not all of the feedback will be positive. Prepare yourself mentally before asking your team for feedback. Make sure you are open to all of their comments and don’t use these meetings as a chance to defend yourself. Use them humbly as a way to improve and stay non-judgmental and open during the process.
Contact the team at IES Custom Staffing for more ways you can improve your on-the-job experience.