When you think of the top places to work, what perks do those companies offer that pique your interest the most? Bronto provides a lot of wonderful benefits – free snacks, Occupy, volunteering during work hours, quarterly team-building activities. There’s always an opportunity to recharge.
But a great culture is so much more than just perks. I’m fortunate to work for a company dedicated to creating a space where employees feel recognized and supported, including personal and career development opportunities through professional conferences, our amazing mentorship program and the invaluable WIN (Women in Leadership) Series.
Earlier this month, I was able to attend the third session in our Getting a Seat at the Table series featuring Kathi Love. The series brings in expert speakers focused on such topics as leadership, communication and growth in the workplace.
This latest session shone a spotlight on how to get honest feedback to help become a great leader. It was truly an empowering experience. I appreciated Kathi’s candid examples about obtaining feedback at any stage of your career, even when it might be something you don’t want to hear. She stressed that it’s important to listen to the feedback but also use it to help you grow in the future.
Kathi knows what it’s like to lead a business. Running her own company, she achieved more than a decade of revenue and profit growth in the face of industry and economic challenges.
She spoke about how implementing continuous feedback in the workplace allows colleagues, managers and executives to check in and offer support without compromising their independence. Allowing all levels of employees to give feedback, even upward to managers, ensures that all voices are heard and everyone has the opportunity to develop.
But how often do we truly ask someone to give us feedback? I am surrounded by so many talented people, and Kathi reminded me to leverage their expertise and ask for feedback right after a project. Asking what went well and what could be improved allows for immediate reflection and growth.
It can be hard to critically examine your own work, but I’m determined to open up to others and welcome their perspective more. I’m excited to see what the future holds.