Today I downloaded the Sarahah app. Not a new concept, but a great product. If you haven’t heard about Sarahah in a nutshell, it’s constructive anonymous feedback. Of course it has pros and cons already, but with purpose and people willing to use it properly, for the growth of others, it’s a great tool.
I love helping others be better, do better and know better. That’s my passion. After reading a bit more about this incredible feedback app I felt a blog was in order.
A few things to understand. It plays a part into the social media realm so of course there will be people who abuse it from its intended purpose. You will get bullies, you will get bad comments and those people typically only care about bringing you down to their level because they will never rise to yours. Disregard their attempts at trying to bring you to their level. The app actually lets you delete comments anyway.
Feedback is crucial to personal development. Most people operate in their comfort zone by using their strengths. This isn’t the greatest place to be. Being in your comfort zone can often leave you stagnant in growing because you don’t go anywhere. This is where feedback is helpful.
When you’re given feedback you’re given a chance to improve areas or skills. The better your skills become the better you become. Sarahah is anonymous, but that’s not a bad thing. Sometimes it doesn’t matter where the feedback comes from as long as it is honest and helpful.
Most companies have some sort of feedback process. This is typically face to face with an immediate supervisor to lay down the ground rules for where you are and where you need to be. This is great! However, sometimes it can be done only a few times a year or less and not done on a continuous basis. Feedback should be continuous!
I believe if people are near you enough to provide you with feedback, they should also follow up with you to see how well you’ve progressed or not progressed. Even if it’s anonymous.
Imagine an environment where everyone cared about your development? How awesome would that be? It would be extremely awesome!! Sometimes giving someone feedback or even getting feedback can be stressful and it can be embarrassing. I believe Sarahah is a great way to provide feedback without feeling awkward since you don’t know who it’s from. Like I mentioned, people will abuse it, but if everyone in the office created a base for providing feedback to each other, the group would also grow to trust each other and all teams require trust to move forward.
You could even include a hashtag #Office123 so you know that feedback came from your office and not someone outside the office. This would separate the outside comments you get from the inside.
I’d like to challenge you to get the app and ask people to be specific on the things that matter to help you be better, do better and know better. And if it doesn’t work, then uninstall the app!