Anonymous feedback doesn’t work (1 min read)

January 22, 2018

Employee feedback is often sought though anonymous surveys.

The default thought process concludes:

“This way people will tell us what they’re really thinking!”

Where else do we turn to an anonymous online tool to understand people’s thoughts and feelings? Do you:

  • Email your friends a link when you’re curious about how the relationship is going?
  • Ask your significant other to log-in so you can better understand their perspective of your partnership?
  • Expect your children to use an online survey to clarify the effectiveness of your parenting skills?

Things get better when people talk.

Face-to-face.

When dialogue ensues, understanding emerges, and relationships strengthen.

People share their truth when they feel safe sharing their truth.

Here’s some honest feedback:

Anonymity doesn’t feel safe, it feels secretive.

Stop the surveys.

Start the conversations.

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