Employee Feedback for Managers: 7 Constructive Examples

Providing feedback isn’t just about giving your manager information; it’s also about establishing trust and transparency.

June 14, 2022
Press the button to generate random icebreaker questions.
There are 300 more icebreaker questions at the bottom of the article
How would you describe your job to a five year old?
What season would you be?
What is a weird food you have tried? Would you eat it again?
What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Would you go in the mother-ship with aliens if they landed on Earth tomorrow?
What is your favorite season?
Do prefer working from home or the office?
What is your earliest memory of this job?
What is the best thing you have bought so far this year?
What is the earliest book you remember?
If you had to move to another country, which one would you choose?
You are the best criminal mastermind in the world. What crime would you commit if you knew you would get away with it?
What is your favorite movie genre to watch?
What was the last thing you ate?
What person from history would you add to Mount Rushmore?
What is a weird fact you know?
What is your favorite part of working from home?
Were the Spice Girls a good team?
Imagine you can instantly learn any language. Which would you choose?
If you could live in any state, which state would you pick?
Which fictional team is the best team of all time?
What did you want to be when you grew up?
What do you usually eat for a quick lunch?
What simple food will you never eat?
Show us the weirdest thing you have in the room with you right now.
Would you rather stay at a hotel or an AirBNB?
What is your favorite movie genre to watch?
Are you more productive in the morning or at night?
Who is someone in your community that makes a difference?
Who was your most unique pet?
Choose one famous person from history you want on your team during a zombie apocalypse.
What is a good way to give back to the community?
Which song could you listen to over and over again?
Is Hugh Grant funny?
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Would you want to have an imaginary friend today? Did you have one as a child?
What actor or actress would you want to play you in the movie about your life?
What is the best super power?
What is your New Years resolution?
You can only eat one food again for the rest of your life. What is it?
What is the best work holiday?
What is the first gift you remember receiving?
Would you rather join Metallica or Backstreet Boys?
What is the best example of a community you have seen?
What is an easy way to do something nice for someone?
Show us your phone background and tell the story behind why you picked this image.
What was your first job?
Pick any band to play at your funeral.
If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of your life, what would you pick?
Which superpower would you give to your arch enemy?
What is the most obscure superpower you would want?
What emoji best describes how you are feeling right now?
If you could live in any country, which country would you pick?
Would you rather live in a city or a town?
What is your favorite holiday?
What is something you accomplished as part of a team?
What is your standard office lunch?
What is your most used phone app?
What is your favorite season?
Have you ever won something as a team?
Imagine you are a professional baseball player. What is your introduction song?
Beach holiday or ski trip?
Have you ever been to a funny comedy show?
Would you rather live at the North Pole or the South Pole?
What is your favorite song to sing?
If you could live in any state, which state would you pick?
Imagine you could teleport anywhere. Where would you go right now?
What is the most unusual job you have heard of?
What was the last thing you ate?
You can visit any fictional time or place. Which would you pick?
What do your family and friends think you do all day?
What movie do you wish you could watch again for the first time?
Show us your most-used emoji.
What was the most unique style or fashion trend you ever embraced?
What movie defined your generation?
You are stranded on a remote desert island. Are you alone or with your worst enemy?
What is your favorite knock-knock joke?
Have you ever told someone Santa is not real?
Do you know how to speak more than one language?
On a scale of 1 – 10, how much of a team player are you?
What is your #1 recommendation in this city?
What is your favorite holiday?
What bucket list item do you most want to check off in the next six months?
What is your favorite mythical creature?
What was the first way you made money?
If you could be great at any Olympic sport, which would it be?
Which song could you listen to over and over again?
When did you start liking/hating mushrooms?
Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Do you take your PTO all at one time, or another way?
Which show do you remember most from your childhood?
Which beverage goes best with pizza?
Would you want to have a personal assistant follow you around everywhere and do what you asked of them?
Have you ever met your idol?
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Would you rather live 100 years in the past or 100 years in the future?
What is your hobby?
When you are alone in the car, what volume is the music at?
Imagine you no longer have to work. How would you spend a Tuesday?
What is your favorite type of sandwich?

Feedback is a gift. While it's typically not easy to give, everyone needs feedback to grow, employees and superiors alike. People want to hear what they’re doing right, but they need to know what they can do better. 

In fact, Netsuite reports that about 53% of employees want to receive more recognition from their immediate managers.

People often get uncomfortable giving feedback because they can’t find the right words or opportunity. It can also be more challenging when it’s an employee to a manager. However, when you commit to providing regular feedback to your manager, it shows that you're invested in your career development. It helps your manager know they can count on you to be honest with them about how things are going, even if things aren't going well.

1:1 meetings, team development meetings, and feedback meetings are a great opportunity for employees to give feedback to managers.

A one-on-one Manager Flow serves as a great template to enable you to give constructive feedback to your manager during 1:1 meetings. 

Feedback is like fertilizer for plants: It helps them grow stronger and healthier over time. If used correctly, feedback can improve your quality of life at work and help you and your manager (s) achieve your full potential.

Interested in learning more about giving feedback to the manager? Start for FREE with Assembly today.

Why is it important to give feedback to your manager?

Giving feedback to your manager is a great way to ensure that you’re on track in your career and not just floating through the motions. It helps both of you understand what it will take to get where you want to be. Providing feedback isn’t just about giving your manager information; it’s also about establishing trust and transparency between the two of you.

That said, It's not always easy to give feedback. In fact, it can be downright hard.

Here are some tips to help make the process go smoothly:

  1. Don't assume you understand why your manager did what they did.
  2. Be specific about what is wrong or what needs improvement.
  3. Avoid generalizations and vague statements.
  4. Be respectful of your manager’s feelings when giving feedback (don't use offensive language).
  5. Be aware of your feelings during the conversation, so they don't get in the way.

Read: How to Manage Your Manager

How do you write positive feedback to your manager?

When writing positive feedback, you want to be as specific as possible so that there is no room for doubt.  A Manager Feedback Flow can act as a guide. It's easy to write negative or generic feedback. But what about writing positive feedback? How do you make it stand out from the crowd?

For example: "I like how you gave me feedback and helped me improve my work." This statement is too vague; it leaves room for other interpretations and can lead to miscommunication.

A more specific statement would be, "I appreciate the time you took to give me feedback on my presentation and provide suggestions on how I could improve it."

Also, when writing positive feedback to your manager, be sure not to sound too formal or too distant, as this can make them feel uncomfortable or put off by what they are reading. You want them to know that it was written with good intentions and not as a formality or part of some kind of reporting system.

How do you write performance feedback for your manager?

Regarding performance feedback, always remember that you and your manager are on the same team. You're both trying to help each other succeed!

So, when writing performance feedback for your manager, don’t be afraid to give them constructive criticism. If they're not doing their job well, let them know. If they could improve, let them know.

To help you get started, here are 3 tips on how to write an effective performance review for your manager:
  1. Start with what's working.

Every employee has something unique they bring to the team, and it’s important to let them know even when the feedback session is more negative than positive. Letting your manager know what they're doing right can be challenging. But by starting with what's working, you can build trust and show your boss that you're on their side.

  1. Give specific examples of what they're doing well.

Give specific examples of what they're doing well. Did they help you set up a new system? Did they get a promotion? Did they manage an important project? You can use an employee recognition flow to show how valued they are. Be specific about what makes them shine so your boss knows exactly what you mean when you compliment their work.

  1. Be honest but diplomatic.

Even if your boss is a great manager, it's important not to shy away from talking about areas where they could improve or things that didn't go as planned. You can be frank about these things without being too harsh or critical. Just ensure it comes across as constructive criticism rather than a personal attack.

7 constructive feedback examples of feedback for managers

  1. If you've been working on a project together and want to let them know how it went

"I want to let you know that I really enjoyed working on this project with you. It was really interesting and challenging."

  1. If your manager is making an unfair decision

“I think it would be helpful to have a conversation about the decision you made. I understand that you may not be able to change things, but I think it would be useful to talk about it.”

  1. If your manager has become overbearing and micromanaging

“I've been doing a lot of thinking, and I want to make sure we're on the same page because I know you have high expectations for me, and that's great! But I've noticed that there are times when you micromanage me, and it's making it hard for me to do my job.

I want to be able to rely on your guidance, but sometimes it feels like you're checking up on me too often or getting involved in details that don't matter as much as they used to.

I'm happy to talk more about this if you'd like some more specifics. But either way, I really value our relationship and would appreciate having a chance to discuss this issue with you.”

  1. If your manager is not giving you enough feedback on how you're doing

“I really appreciate what you've told me so far, but I'd love to know more about what you like about my work and what I can do to improve. If there are things that I'm doing that aren't working out very well, things that may be slowing down the team or causing frustration for others, I would really appreciate a heads-up so that I can improve and do better.”

  1. If you disagree with your manager

“I see something different in this situation than you do, and I want to share my thoughts with you before we make a decision on how to move forward with this project or client relationship.”

  1. If your manager's communication style is ineffective

“I wanted to talk about what's going on with our team lately. There seem to be some communication issues between us, and it feels like we're not working together as well as we used to."

  1. If your manager helped you with something at work

“I really appreciate how you handled this situation. It was very helpful because it allowed me to learn something new about the way things work around here that I hadn’t been aware of before.”

Read: How to Give and Take Constructive Criticism

Giving Feedback is not an interrogation. It's a conversation.

Providing feedback to your manager is a tricky business. You have to balance honesty with tact, and criticism with a compliment, while also trying not to come across as overly critical or negative. Nobody likes being told they’re doing something wrong, but it doesn’t have to be a negative experience if it's done constructively.

Assembly has made it incredibly easy to give your manager structured feedback. Here's our Manager Feedback template:

Assembly is empowering employees everywhere to have better conversations, transparent management and recognition. Schedule time to learn more.

Browse our Free Employee Recognition Guide

Get the foundational knowledge on creating an employee recognition program that boosts employee engagement and helps them feel valued.

Explore Guide
Employee recognition guide