Larry Cipolla
July 16, 2013

Give a little to get a little. But, what if you could still give a little but see big results?

According to Harvard Business Review, in any relationship—personal or working​—when you go beyond what is expected, you can make a positive statement about who you are as an individual. For example, helping others succeed is not so you can "call in a favor" later. Instead, having a genuine approach in the workplace will ease co-workers' fears of being manipulated or that there are ulterior motives in play.

The article explained that focusing on the before, during and after an interaction will bring maximum results.

"When you find ways to help other people learn, grow, gain, avoid problems, make progress, and achieve their goals, you achieve something far more important than near-term gain," the article said. "You form the basis for ongoing results, enriched relationships, and an integrity-based reputation."

A Forbes contribution piece had similar advice, saying that communication is key to smoothing over any rough patches. The article explained that when individuals are mean to us, it's natural to want to run away. However, by creating two-way communication, you can notify other team members of what you're doing, why it is happening and how it affects them.

Both of these approaches are underlined through 360 feedback. When businesses create unique assessments and surveys through CCi Surveys International, they are encouraging employees to give a little for the benefit of the entire company.

Through constructive feedback, managers can work with employees to create through action plans that help the assessed team members become stronger contributors. In the long-run, the entire business can move forward. Additionally, the entire office will feel more comfortable communicating with one another.