Journal article

Managerial tactics for communicating negative performance feedback

Michelle Brown, Carol T Kulik, Victoria Lim

PERSONNEL REVIEW | EMERALD GROUP PUBLISHING LTD | Published : 2016

Abstract

Purpose – Delivering negative feedback to employees is highly problematic for managers. Negative feedback is important in generating improvements in employee performance, but likely to generate adverse employee reactions. However, if managers do not address poor performance, good performers may become demoralized or exit the organization. The purpose of this paper is to investigate how managers communicate negative feedback and the factors that drive their choice of tactic. Design/methodology/approach – The authors use interview data from practicing line managers with experience in delivering negative feedback to learn whether their tactic choices are consistent with Implicit (“best practice..

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