Receiving feedback is a natural part of working in a job. Whether you are the intern or the CEO, everyone at some point is going to get some feedback. Now this might mean some good feedback and this might mean some …. not so good feedback. Either way it’s important to recognize it because in the workplace, perception can be reality and it is your job to make sure that you as an employee are constantly improving.
The best way to tackle feedback is to make a clear action plan. How do you make an action plan? Here are four key steps on how to make a good action plan that will set you on the right track forward. Oh, and bonus if you present this to your boss and sit down to have a conversation with them about how you are ready and willing to improve!
Identify the feedback in 1 or 2 sentences
Take some time to reflect on the feedback and identify a list of 3-5 areas of development. In these areas of development write out a single sentence on what you are exactly planning to improve. Keeping it short and sweet will make sure you remember it in your everyday.
Write out 2 to 3 ways on how you are going to actionable improve this feedback
Now that it is clearly defined, take a moment to think about how you can exactly improve on this listed item. Find 2 or 3 ways which you can improve on that one skill and where it will be implemented on a daily or weekly occurrence. Making sure that you are actively and frequently working on it is the best way to show progress.
Write out how often you are going to action on this feedback
Apply a timeframe! Similar to SMART goals, the best way to achieve something is by setting times attached to it. Say you are going to do it on a daily, weekly, bi weekly, or monthly basis is helpful because it can keep you accountable for yourself and provide more context for your manager.
List the goals you hope to achieve by improving on these items
Lastly, think about the big picture. Not only does this serve as a motivation but it also shows the impact of the progress you make. Then you can come back to this section over the next few months to see if your action steps paid off and if / how you achieved those defined goals.