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Constructive feedback examples

For most employees and managers giving constructive feedback is a main issue in performance reviews, 360 feedback evaluations, manager appraisals or general performance evaluations. 

This page is designed to give you negative feedback example phrases and actionable samples how to formulate constructive feedback. For more guidance on how to give constructive feedback as manager check our tips here. Also for employees may it be a self-evaluation or as part of a 360 feedback review, here is how you give constructive feedback to manager or co-worker.


Constructive feedback examples for

People Management Skills

  • When someone calls one of your team members out, be more open to the fact that they might be in the wrong. While your colleagues may see this as courageous it’s not conducive to an integrated company.
  • When you are overly argumentative and intimidating it creates a work environment of distrust and discouragement. Try develop an open temperament.
  • It is vital that your appraisals are as accurate as possible. If you’re thumb sucking it could result in negative review of the person in question. Try sit with every person, listen actively and track their performance over time to give more accurate appraisals.
  • You often take on too much working, leaving your colleagues with too little to do. Remember, taking on too much can result in work being completed half heartedly. Try be more trusting and allow others to take on more.
  • Employees feel discouraged working under your management style. Try adjust your management style, so your colleagues feel more enthusiastic.
  • You’re seen as a non conformist. While its is great to be a rule breaker and challenge authority, some things should simply not be continuously questioned. Try and accept it.
  • Mastering delegation is important as a manager and you need to effectively master this skill in order to be an effective manager. Try get some tips and techniques of how you can improve this skill.
  • You have the tendency to not disclose important information that the people involved need to know. It’s not good to hoard information as it hinders the workflow.
  • You tend to overestimate what people can do in certain circumstances and those people end up not coping. Try delegate work to specifically skilled employees. Some say your presence intimidates and alienates them from the rest of the group. Try be more inclusive and allow people to feel more comfortable in your presence.

CONSTRUCTIVE feedback examples for

Teamwork Skills

  • Remember people will trust you more when you get to know them. Take the time to have conversations with people.
  • When your colleagues are facing challenges, try to encourage or show support.
  • During team participation try give credit to other team members contributions. you seem to take the credit to often. when others deserve it, let them take the credit.
  • Try to be a little bit more inspiring, if you need help please do not hesitate to ask managers or the peers around you.
  • You seem to be quite erratic when delegating tasks to team members. If you know certain team members are good at certain tasks, rather allocate according to their skill set.
  • People thrive on positive recognition. Try give more credit after or during projects. you’ll notice a substantial difference in their behavior.
  • Publicly engaging in disagreements is not conducive to supportive and constructive work environments. if you’re having quarrels with team member, organize a 1 on 1 with them.
  • It’s ok to let your hair down once in a while. Try engage with the team by actively engaging in social events.
  • When team leaders assign tasks try and write them down and place them in your calendar so you know what to do and when to do it by.
  • You tend to unknowingly tell people things that aren't meant to be discussed. Try be more trustworthy when employees share their private information with you.

CONSTRUCTIVE feedback examples for

Communication SkillS

  • When others are trying to get their point of view across, you tend to misunderstand what point they are trying to make. Try listen more attentively before coming to a conclusion.
  • You tend to have an arrogance about you. Your colleagues are afraid of approaching you as you seem to be impatient and uninterested in their questions and interactions. Try to be more open and humble.
  • You seem to struggle to put logical arguments forward. Try research an fully understand the argument before jumping to conclusions.
  • You seem to struggle when making the case for others. Try jot down or use a voice recorder to help you remember what others have said.
  • When you negotiate you seem to fail to reach an agreement that beneficial for both parties. take your time and remember to say no every once in awhile.
  • You’re great at writing with a single voice in mind and this is generally good for external communication. However, try to adjust your tone and style a bit more for international communication. Remember not everyone has the same skill set as you.
  • When others talk, try to actively listen and engage with them. This makes it easier for you to remember and complete their tasks.
  • You tend to cut people off before allowing them to fully speak their mind. It's ok to be silent and let others talk from time to time.
  • Your colleagues see you favoring other groups or people more than other. Try be more balanced in your approach. Understand each group and what they require.

CONSTRUCTIVE feedback examples for

Execution Skills (aka Getting Things Done)

  • It’s great to doodle and get your mind off things for a bit, but too often it starts to affect your workload. Try work on your time management skills and search the internet for tools of how to become less distracted.
  • Try set the bar a little higher when you're setting goals. You definitely have the ability to achieve more challenging targets and objectives.
  • You have great vision and ideas, however don't be afraid to act on these ideas. You may be pleasantly surprised by the outcome.
  • You know what has to be done but you seem to hesitate implementing it. Take the risk and “Just do it!”
  • When an opportunity presents itself, trying to react in a timely manner. A missed opportunity may result in the competitors getting ahead of us.
  • You tend to be quite the perfectionist and that's great! But sometimes the biggest risk is not taking any risk at all. Realize that it's ok to break things, it's a good way to learn!
  • It seems that you are no longer motivated or bored with the work you’re doing. Try push through to complete it. it can result in a better outcome for the company and you will no doubtedly be recognized for it.
  • Time management is a skill you need to work on. It's ok to miss a deadline every now and then but when it happens on a regular occasion it affects every department and puts the company on the back foot.
  • You seem to prioritize tasks, however you tend to stick to the tasks and get distracted easily. Try to organize your calendar so that you become more goal/task orientated.
  • You really have some fantastic ideas but you seem to lack the drive to see them through. Try to make these ideas a reality by getting some of your team members involved.

CONSTRUCTIVE feedback examples for

Leadership Skills

  • You’re really great at being optimistic about your staff’s abilities. However, you can also be over optimistic sometimes. It’s ok to accept the fact that not everyone will live up to your expectations. Instead encourage growth and development.
  • When someone gives you an appraisal for a job well done, try and accept it more
  • It’s ok to celebrate the win sometimes. It’s really important that we celebrate reached targets and to share the celebrations with the team. They will appreciate the wins and work harder to achieve the next milestones.
  • Try and remember to give some positive feedback every now and then. feedback such as ‘You’re doing a great job’ or ‘You’re a real asset to the team’ can go along way in making the work environment more collaborative and engaging.
  • You often allow employees to much room for excuses. Try adopt more of hardline approach you think they are not performing
  • Setting high expectations can be good, but if these expectations are not attainable don’t expect to always see results. Try lower the bar a bit and gradually get to the result you want to see.
  • You seem to struggle with communicating to your thoughts to your direct reports. If you struggle with this try set up one on one meetings to discuss how you could improve.
  • Being self conscious about what people say or think may not be conducive to making decisions or making a stand. Remember not everyone is thinking about you as much as you think they are. Try accept who you are.
  • You tend to give too much work to other team members and you end up not having enough work for yourself to do. Maybe delegate what you feel is the most important work to yourself before delegating other work.
  • You seem to have a manager style that instills fear in your employes. Try be less hostile and accepting of others.


Meeting Skills 

  • Often it’s not clear what decisions are made after meetings.
  • When you hold meetings, it is really important that you clearly state what the objectives and purposes of the meeting are.
  • You tend to lack the basic knowledge of event and meeting planning principles. Ask HR for some tips and techniques of how to improve these skills.
  • There seems to be quite the lack of clarity around who is organizing the meeting and for what purpose. Make sure you communicate this clearly and precisely.
  • You tend to get quite distracted by technology in meetings and you barely participate. Try to leave technology out of the room during meetings.
  • As the chairperson of the meeting, you tend to dominate and close down other people's contributions. Remember meeting is a collaboration of people and not about one person. Try allow others to contribute.
  • You often have to refer back to someone who is not present and therefore cannot effectively comment on any of the meeting procedures or discussions.
  • You have the tendency to always arrive late for meeting, while insisting that your colleague arrive on time. Try respect the time of others and be consistent with your time.
  • Often meetings start after the start times. It’s important to keep to the allocated time to ensure everything is covered.
  • The chairperson often lacks control of the meeting and allows one or two people to dominate the proceedings. Try control these people more often as it is often that meetings don’t go as planned.


Customer Service Skills 

  • Try make time to visit customers and get to know them. it goes a long way in building rapport with them and they’ll appreciate your effort.
  • Customers often complain that you fail to follow up with them as promised. It is a good idea to stick to your promises. Try to under promise and over deliver.
  • When you’re on the phone, try adapt your tone and personality to fit each caller’s style. This helps build rapport and you’ll understand your customer problems quicker.
  • When products are updated, it is imperative that you understand the changes as quickly as possible so that you can answer any customer queries.
  • While the customer is always right, sometimes they have the tendency to have unrealistic demands. Try negotiate a so you reach a middle ground.
  • When customers request assistance, try fully understand what it is they are requesting. Listen to them attentively and don’t jump to conclusions too quickly.
  • When opportunities arise to sell other products, do to not be afraid to upsell. It’ll make reaching your target much easier.
  • You need to make sure you look professional when you give product presentations. Customers might not take you seriously if you’re not dressed appropriately.
  • You’re customer satisfaction scores are consistently lower than your colleagues. Seek ways of improving this. Ask your colleagues or your managers of ways to improve this.



  • You tend to stay in your comfort zone when completing tasks and methods. Try think of creative ways to think out of the box.
  • Sometimes it seems as though you not understand creativity or the process of innovation. Try think of ideas, evaluate them and come up with effective ways to implement them.
  • Try to fully analyse solutions and come up with conclusions based your observations.
  • While it’s great that you are a perfectionist and are meticulous with details, try taking some risks every once in awhile. Learn to think out of the box and challenge the status quo.
  • You tend to value people who are creative thinkers and isolate those who are not. Bring them into the circle so that they too can learn to be more creative.
  • While you have some fantastic ideas, sometimes they are a bit difficult to achieve at this point in time.
  • As a person working in this industry, it’s absolutely vital that you understand the market in which we work. It’ll help with coming up with innovative ideas or projects.
  • Understanding creativity means embracing the use of imagination or original ideas to create something. Try nurture creativity more often.
  • As a leader, it’s important that you adopt a way of high level thinking. Instead of thinking of immediate goals and actions, think of long term objectives and values.


 Problem Solving Skills

  • Always coming back to rework problems over and over again creates quite the bottleneck and causes the projects to miss deadlines. Try and fix problems once and come up with an effective system to deal with them when they occur a second time.
  • Putting tactics before strategy can hurt the business in the long term While it's excellent that you immediately find ideas of how to fix problems off the cuff, it can be a disservice to the company as ideas are not fully thought through. Rationalise your ideas to make them more strategic.
  • You are seen as overly aggressive and assertive by your colleagues. Try be less domineering and encourage your colleagues to come up with some problem solving ideas.
  • When trying to resolve complex tasks and problems you tend to become overwhelmed with information which causes you to panic a bit. Try develop a systematic way of dealing with this information so you can order it in a logical fashion. This will assist you there is too much information to handle.
  • You often miss the first step when diagnosing a problem. This creates a problematic process and often makes the problem worse. Try go through the diagnoses one by one.
  • You struggle to distinguish between the core problem and secondary systems. Try identify the core problem first and then move onto secondary symptoms.
  • Becoming a disciplined problem solver is important the the development of the company. Try systematically implementing processes which will assist you when diagnosing potential problems.  
  • You wait quite a long time before coming to a conclusion. While its good to mull over all the potential causes and solutions, it can create quite a obstruction in the overall process.  
  • You tend to over analysis problems. If they have occurred in the past, you should be proactive when solving them.


 PROject management skills 

  • When others have greater priorities to complete certain task, be more open to helping them and continuing on your own tasks.
  • Try be proactive on more relevant information.
  • As a project leader, you need to figure out ways of effectively and efficiently getting things done.
  • Try strategize ways around roadblocks to complete tasks in time.
  • You have the habit of arriving for staff meetings late and ill prepared. try organise your time better so that you can be more prepared for future meetings.  
  • Your performance tends to decrease when you take on too many activities at once. Try complete each task one by one if you struggle with handling too many things at once.
  • You have the tendency to believe that everything is equally important and you don’t prioritize the workload. Try determine what is the most and what is the least important tasks and prioritise from there.
  • Try let go a bit more. In some situations you tend to be a little over controlling and dominant.  
  • You tend to be overly dependent on company rules, regulations, procedures, and structures. unnecessary red tape can hinder projects and delay them quite a bit. Try bend the rules every now and then.
  • when delegating the priorities to the team, try let them decide which are the most and least important. You don't want to come across as too dominant as this will hinder their future performances.