One of the most common hesitations among managers, is how to give negative feedback to a member of their team. Let’s face it – nobody likes being the bearer of ‘bad’ news – especially when such information can determine the career development of another individual.
Even when the issues are glaringly obvious, a number of managers find it hard to be honest with the employee in question and point at where they are falling short of expectations. The reasons for this can be multiple. Some may fear that giving negative feedback might demoralise the underperforming employee even further. There seems to be this misconception that people thrive only on praise and that anything negative could be demotivating. On the other hand, some managers may avoid giving negative feedback due to a fear of tarnishing the good relationships with their team members and risking becoming unpopular - “will my team members still like me if I tell them that their attitude or behaviour is sub-par?”