Closely Related Podcast Episode 2: Feedback is a “gift”
The hosts tackle how to give and receive direct feedback (and why it’s so hard).
Giving and receiving feedback is one of the most important skills in the workplace, but it’s also one of the hardest. What do you do when your supervisor gives you vague performance reviews? What if you tell your boss the truth and get fired? It’s often easier to avoid difficult conversations than to address conflict head on. We get it. One time Sam got feedback from a teacher in 5th grade, and she’s still bitter about it. Hannah’s a ghoster. (Although she’s trying to reform.)
In this episode, we explore three stories about giving and receiving feedback in the workplace. Our first writer thought they’d been doing well at work, but was passed over for a promotion. Our second isn’t getting the training or opportunities they want. Our third is uncomfortable that their workplace reopened during the pandemic. We discuss various feedback strategies like appreciative inquiry and seeing every side to the story. We also give specific examples of how to communicate professionally and directly.
To listen to the episode- go to closelyrelatedpodcast.com. Closely Related is an advice podcast hosted by identical twins. Hannah Strom is a therapist that specializes in sex and relationships and Samantha Strom is a career and leadership coach. Listeners write in questions about love, work, and everything in between.