It’s the middle of the year, it’s the end of the second quarter, and if you are a business owner it might be time for some staff reviews.
Instead of printing out your redundant questionnaire, it’s time to spice up your review! Forbes came out with an article today with 5 simple questions that can take your review to the next level to ensure success for your employees and your business.
As Chuck Cohn stated in the article, “Your team is the lifeblood of your business, and to truly keep the pulse of your company, it is imperative to move beyond the contact of infrequent reviews. How you might choose to do so is dependent on your unique leadership style, and here are five questions to consider asking your team members.”
- How would you define the company’s vision and goals? It is important that you have an employee that understands the core values of your company. It is important as a business owner to share your mission, vision and goals with your employees. Whether that be your company’s monthly goals, your charitable mission, or your company’s core values – sharing these things with employees will bring your employees together as a team and increase company morale.
- How would you like to improve yourself professionally? What new opportunities can we offer you? Your employees will not have the same goals for themselves and their careers as they did on the day they started their job with you. As your business grows, so will your team. It is important to ask them what they want and where they see themselves with the company in the future. The more experience your staff has inside the company can make new opportunities arise.
- What aspects of your job motivate you? Maybe it is positive affirmation. Maybe it is being creative. Maybe it’s incentives. Maybe it’s bonuses. As an employer, you need to know what it is that your employees want and what keeps them coming to work every day. One of the best overall business practices is providing employees with the incentives they deserve. Because a happy employee is a hard working employee – and that means a successful business.
- What would you change about our business processes? Sometimes it takes another pair of eyes and set of hands to learn some new practices. Remember, you pay people to do the job that you cannot. Hire people you can trust, and listen to their advice.
- What feedback do you have for me? One of the best things you can do as a boss, leader and manager is listen. Listen to the good, bad and the ugly. Then you need to act. Not acting sets a bad example and creates a stagnant environment. Take that feedback and make appropriate tweaks to better your business. Then explain to your staff why you decided to make those changes, or not. They need to know you listened, and need an answer.
So in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 you can learn so much more about your employees, your business and yourself. A meaningful review will impact your business and make your employees feel valued and appreciated. It will unveil a lot of truths and ultimately a successful business!
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