Giving positive feedback for colleagues is not easy. Our positive feedback examples for peers will help you improve the way you provide feedback.

9 Positive Feedback Examples For Colleagues

Giving positive feedback to your peers is not easy. Our positive feedback for colleagues examples will help you improve the way you provide feedback.

We have created a list of positive feedback examples for colleagues as it's crucial in any organization. It can help to bolster behavioral change as well as to reinforce positive behavior in the workplace by using positive feedback mechanisms. Constructive and at times negative feedback may be valued more as a creator of change. It can also prove to be very detrimental with the very real possibility of entering a negative feedback loop (where all you provide is negative feedback and it becomes almost process like). However positive feedback is a sure way to ingrain positive actions within your workplace. This is due to its ability to make employees feel valued and connected to the team as they are a contributor in an organizations' activities. Moreover, it provides meaning to a job which increases engagement and productivity. On the most extreme end of affairs, employees that feel valued and find meaning in their work are less likely to leave.

Therefore, it is imperative to encourage providing continuous feedback in your organization. Managers also need to realize the need to not only provide effective employee feedback or manager feedback, but also encourage peer-to-peer feedback. It can strengthen the inclusive culture in your company and boost collaboration across teams and departments. Both collaboration and inclusiveness have proven to have positive effect on performance on businesses, problem-solving and developing innovative solutions.

In order to encourage feedback across teams managers should ensure to provide your with effective tools and training to encourage feedback in your organization. More importantly, you should feel confident and comfortable to provide feedback to your colleagues.

However, not everyone knows how to give positive feedback, or to be more succinct; constructive positive feedback. So here is a couple of tips for giving effective feedback, followed up with some examples you yourself could use in the office.

A couple of tips on when and how to deliver positive feedback for colleagues:

You can use these when giving effective feedback to your colleagues or even external collaborators such as agencies and contract workers to let them know they have done a great job.

  • Always be specific in your comments, the more detail and actions noted in your feedback, the greater ease your employee will have in implementing change.
  • Always provide feedback at the earliest convenience after the event in order for the information to have maximum relatability and effect.
  • As a rule of thumb, positive feedback should outweigh constructive or negative feedback by a ratio of at least three positive comments to one. However, this may not always be possible, but try where you can.
  • Link the positive feedback to real life business events if possible.
  • Make sure the feedback is always noted down somewhere so it can be referred to.
  • Finally do not hesitate to give positive feedback with other people around, it’s a great way to build team moral.

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What are some examples of positive feedback?

9 Examples of positive feedback for colleagues:

1. If an employee goes the extra mile:

“ Last week I asked you to give me a helping hand on Project X as I was struggling to keep up with the workload. Not only did you help out, but you went out of your way to collect the most difficult information that would have been most time consuming for myself. The work you presented to me was clear and concise and hugely beneficial to what we are doing. Without your help I would have had to delay this project which was the last thing we needed to do as a team. The extra effort you put into this really made a big difference not only for me, but the team also. Thank you!”

2. When a colleague overcomes and obstacle:

“I just want to say that I know you have had distractions at home which you could have used as an excuse for not taking this meeting. Yo managed not only to step up to the plate after taking a knock, but you also encaptivated the audience with a clear, engaging, and well thought out presentation which I admire. I especially liked your use of audio cues. Keep up the good work!”

3. When an employee models good behavior:

“You did a great job yesterday by gathering all of your team members and asking them for an input regarding XY. This really helped everyone feel like they were part of the process. I also liked how you asked everyone a question related to their expertise. It was a great way to encourage participation. What you did yesterday with that meeting is a great example of a true teamwork we would like to encourage in our company. Nicely done!”

4. When a colleague meets or exceeds goals:

“ I have received your sales report from the last quarter. And you’ve exceeded your set goals by 25%! This is a massive contribution to the overall department goal. I would hugely appreciate if you could get together a small 1-minute presentation to give to the team at our next catch up. It would be great if everyone could take a leaf out of your book!”

5. When giving an employee a confidence booster

Sometimes you just need to encourage feedback from employees, here's an example:

“I’m really impressed with how you handled that last client. I understand how difficult it can be dealing with tough or difficult individuals but you were excellent at it. You were calm, collected and were able to quickly develop viable solutions for them. Keep it going!”

6. Illuminate the big picture

Enlighten the employee as to how their work, helps others and at a more abstract level, the company.

“I just wanted to let you know how the work you recently did with XXXX has helped with this month’s objective of XXXX…”

7. When helping an employee improve, don’t focus on the past

Feedback aimed at communicating unmet expectations should be forward looking. Focus on the future and be positive.

“There are some aspects of the project you just completed that I think we need to work on. I really liked what you did with XXXX, but I think we can improve on certain area. I think we can look at developing XXXX next time and we must make sure we tighter to deadlines next time.”

8. When talking to an employee avoid the ‘but…’

"I really like how you dealt with the client. It was a tough situation, but you handled it well. There is one thing which you might want to change next time you deal with a difficult client...”

9. When an employee is showing good development

“I can see real improvement in your work and professional skills as of late. I think you’ve come on leaps and bounds. I am particularly impressed with your ability to provide high attention to detail, without compromising on speed. Keep up the good work!”

So there we have it, 9 positive feedback examples for your coworkers to get your creative juices flowing. At times it’s a situation of testing out which feels right for the right person and moment, but fundamentally you must always give positive feedback when it is due, and make sure it’s always related to aspects of action.

Henry Watson

Henry Watson

Employee Experience Champion

6 minute readPublished on August 10, 2019