A few weeks ago I gave you the first 6 questions that must be answered to measure the strength of your leadership and company. Below are the remaining 6. These questions were taken from the book “First, Break All the Rules” by Jim Harter, Ph.D. Be sure to add all 12 questions to your leadership tool kit. Lack of understanding and application of these questions could cost your team productivity and engagement in the long run.
Answer all of the questions first for yourself, then I would share with your team. It will identify areas of opportunity.
Question 7: At work, do my opinions seem to count?
People want meaningful work. People want to feel seen. Part of the way we get meaning from work is feeling like our opinions matter. Take time with your team to get their opinions, encourage them to contribute.
Question 8: Does the mission/purpose of my company make me feel like my job is important?
Nothing kills productivity and engagement than not feeling connected to the mission of a company. If you notice your team members disengaging, make the mission/purpose of the company relevant to them. Show them how they connect to the big picture.
Question 9: Are my co-workers committed to doing quality work?
This is a great question for understanding team dynamics. Are you carrying the bulk of the work load while free-riders (team members that contribute significantly less than others) reap the benefits? If the answer is yes, ask yourself how you can get everyone on the team engaged. Do you need to develop a team charter to hold everyone accountable?
Question 10: Do I have a best friend at work?
Relationships at work help make work more enjoyable. If you don’t have a best friend at work you’re less likely to be engaged and are probably contemplating leaving your company to find a better fit. As a leader, what can you do to ensure relationships are developing? The more we feel connected to the company and the people the happier we will be.
Question 11: In the last 6 months has someone at work talked to me about my progress?
We spend a lot of time at work and in return we want feedback and to know that our contribution matters. As a leader, talk to your team about their progress. Show interest in their development and they’ll return the favor with higher productivity and engagement.
Question 12: In the last year did I have opportunities at work to learn and grow?
Humans by nature want to grow and develop. As the expression goes, if you’re not growing, you’re dying. Make sure you are giving your team opportunities to better themselves at work. The more opportunities the better their confidence and contribution to the team.
Jenn DeWall, Denver based Organizational Development & Executive Leadership Coach