Annette Maggi, MS, RD, LD, FAND
Executive Director, RDBA
Dietitians working in the retail setting are forging unchartered territory. They're laying the ground work, establishing the benefit - both financial and health reform - of health promotion at the point-of-purchase. For most retail RDs, it's a trial-and-error, learn-as-you-go process.
For all these reasons, retail RDs may benefit by initiating a 360 feedback process. In this process, you gather feedback from others on how your style and approach perform in this non-traditional work environment. You gain an understanding of how others in the retail space perceive you.
Suggested steps for a 360 feedback process include:
It's important to ask for examples of specific behaviors. While you may find yourself getting defensive in these meetings, keep a positive focus and seek to understand the other point of view by asking clarifying questions. The goal of the meeting is to gather candid and honest feedback that helps you grow professionally and advance your career.
Once you have gathered all the feedback, look for common themes, and build a development plan that will help you be successful and drive your career to advanced levels in this non-traditional setting. Consider how you can most effectively soar with your strengths while managing your development opportunities.
360 feedback is intended as a developmental tool for you. Understanding how others perceive you, and what they see as your strengths and opportunities can position you to be successful in the retail space.