Managers and employees have an interesting relationship. Despite the time they spend together and the need for solid communication, it sometimes gets lost in the shuffle. It takes work to make communication happen, and I like to use four questions to jump start the process.
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I’ve been on the giving and receiving end of these questions, and from the employee side, it’s nice to be asked for feedback. From the manager/supervisor side, it’s great to get those insights that otherwise might never have been shared with you.
What are the questions?
- What’s one think you want to improve?
- What’s one thing you want to do that you’ve never done before?
- What’s one thing for the department to improve?
- What’s something I (the manager) am not doing/providing for you (the employee)?
Go for it. Ask away. Who knows what you’ll find out?
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