Management Tip of the Day: Always close the loop on favors

Tue Mar 1, 2011 11:01am EST
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BOSTON (Reuters Life!) - Don't leave someone hanging after they help you out, wondering about the outcome. It's rude, it looks bad, and it actually has the potential to create negative consequences, says Harvard Business Review.

The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and ( Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"One of the biggest mistakes people make after receiving a favor is failing to follow up. Whether someone gives you advice on a job application or makes an introduction to a colleague or client, be sure to report back what happened.

Did you get the job or get in touch with the friend? Close the loop by sharing the outcome, even if it's bad news.

The person may be able to help further by making another introduction or suggesting another place to apply. Plus, by showing the fruits of the favor, you increase the likelihood of receiving more help from the person in the future."

-Today's management tip was adapted from "The Biggest Mistake People Make After Receiving a Favor" by Jodi Glickman.

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