It doesn’t matter if you are a manager or a worker bee, most people find themselves intimidated by negative feedback conversations, especially when they are negative.

Whether you are engaging in a yearly formal review process or just offering advice in real time, it’s challenging to give criticism that’s productive and helpful to the recipient.

Though they can be challenging, these types of conversations are essential! Companies that prioritize consistent feedback at all levels generally have better employee retention and engagement. Additionally, offering constructive criticism helps employees better understand areas of improvement that they should focus on.

Learning how to give feedback that is both honest and helpful is essential for all leaders. Fundera created an infographic full of 9 no-fail tips for providing constructive criticism at work. Read on for tips on how to offer negative feedback in a way that empowers your colleagues to be their best selves: