Feedback is one of the most effective teaching and learning strategies and has an immediate impact on training progress. This CPD article provides a simple overview of the importance of a learning feedback loop in business, including the differences between positive and negative feedback, and steps to implementing an effective feedback loop.
Purpose of a learning feedback loop – how does it work?
Feedback loops are important in business as they serve as a way to increase productivity in employee performance or a process. It is especially important in business as the feedback that is relayed by customer’s gives chance for improvements to be made to products and processes if necessary. You can have either positive or negative feedback loops, depending on what type of feedback is received.
There are three main steps involved when you are going to implement the feedback loop. You need to gather feedback from customers or employees, analyse the feedback to see the results and act upon the results to close the loop.
Why are feedback loops important in business?
Feedback loops come with a lot of benefits, not only for employees, but for the business itself. They influence employee behaviours and help take action on certain aspects of the business that may not have been heavily considered before.
Benefits of feedback loops in business:
- They help build customer engagement and have more of an insight into the products and services that are provided by a business.
- You can build long term relationships with customer which will gain their trust and loyalty.
- Feedback loops more likely allow you to retain existing customers, which is better than finding new ones.
- Complaints will be reduced if customers know their feedback is being taking on board by the company.
- Feedback loops are useful for customers to allow them to speak about what’s good with the product/service and what is not so good and needs to be worked on.
- Depending on the experience and service received by a customer, it will influence their decision on whether they will return to the same business for future purchases or not.
Difference between positive and negative feedback loop
Feedback loops are equivalent, regardless of if they are positive or negative as the system should primarily achieve the same result. The feedback loop system should adapt information they have to produce a more positive outcome and fewer negative outcomes in the future.
Positive Feedback Loop
Positive feedback loop is when a company takes on board employee complaints or grievances, and use the feedback to improve satisfaction within the workplace. As workplace satisfaction increases, it can also increase a company profits. A positive feedback loop can be either gathered formally or informally, but the results should be handled in a similar manner as the primary goal is to benefit employees at the company.
Feedback Loop Examples:
Microsoft is a company which used positive feedback loops. Although the company is a well-known company, the working environment had not always been great. The company consisted of many people competing against each other, rather than competing against the other businesses. This lead to employees not feeling inspired to contribute to the company as they believed the greater competition was with colleagues and how to become better than them. The CEO gathered information from the employees, asking them to focus on the organisations goals and targets. This resulted in employees realising that working together rather than against each other helps them achieve more as a business.