Managers have a large amount of influence on their team member’s well-being, mood and performance. Therefore it is crucial to set goals and coach or praise individuals whenever possible.
Taking interest in individuals -whether it be on a formal one-to-one basis or in other conversational opportunities- can be very beneficial to boosting morale and in helping you understand what is going on within your team.
Use the questions below during formal or casual conversations to get a picture of how things are going, the ambitions of your team members and what you can do to help.
Asking questions about the present can help your employees analyse their current situation, this can also help them figure out answers to the questions in the Future Category. Here are some examples of questions you could ask:
- How would you say we are doing at working together as a team?
- What is the biggest challenge you’re currently facing?
- How is your workload right now?
- Tell me your proudest recent accomplishment?
- How is everything outside of work?
These questions help you identify where you can help your employees achieve their goals and what you can be doing to make sure your team is involved and doing the best work they can be doing. Some examples of these questions are:
- Tell me what I can do to help you grow in your career?
- What new skills would you really like to be learning?
- What do you think are your three greatest strengths?
- Tell me something I should stop doing as the team’s manager?
- If you were me (the manager), what changes would you make?
- What is our team not doing that we really should be doing?
Once you have the answers to your questions make sure you log down what people have been saying so you can use their feedback to make actions you’ve committed to. Make sure you keep asking these questions, don’t go around once, so you can keep up to date with how things are developing within your team.