One Important Question To Ask Your Team

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Go ask each of your team members:  Walk me through what makes a good work day for you.*

This simple request will get to the heart of what’s important to your team from a culture experience – and it’s surprisingly more effective than “Do you like working here?”

Then show that you care about the answer:

Pay rapt attention. Take notes. Dig deeper.  Ask for specifics.  Ask for the top three.

Then consider and evaluate –

  • Any patterns? Interesting one-offs?
  • Is this type of work day regularly possible in your workplace?
  • Does your team’s vision of a good work day match the type of work day you want in your workplace?
  • Where is your culture out of alignment with what you would like to create on a daily basis?
  • Where are team members’ expectations out of alignment with what’s possible and desired?

Chances are you will hear a variety of responses like:

  • Start with a good strong cup of coffee with real cream.
  • Unexpected distractions, chaos or crisis are kept at bay and I’m able to get done what I set out to do.
  • We work together as team to come up with a creative solution – and potential solutions are considered.
  • Meetings result in meaningful dialogue and real deal actionable outcomes.
  • I can depend on my co-workers to carry their weight.
  • I have a chance to both get my work done and connect with my co-workers.
  • I make a difference for our clients.
  • I contribute to the team in a meaningful way.
  • People respond to my questions in a timely fashion so I can keep moving forward.
  • I end the day with a sense of accomplishment and clarity on what I need to make happen tomorrow.

*Now I’m curious — how would you answer this?

To take a more in-depth look at this and other enlightening workplace culture issues, check out Culture Works: How to Create Happiness in the Workplace. Both the book and the book/workbook set are available for purchase.

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Kris Boesch is the CEO and Founder of Choose People, a company that transforms company cultures, increases employee happiness and boosts the bottom-line. She is a nationally renowned speaker and workplace culture expert.  Boesch is also the author of Culture Works: How to Create Happiness in the Workplace and developer of the Choose People 360° Culture Audit. Kris is also a proud mother, dancing diva and dog lover.

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Kris Boesch is the CEO and Founder of Choose People, a company that transforms company cultures, increases employee happiness and boosts the bottom-line. She is a nationally renowned speaker and workplace culture expert. Kris is also a proud mother, dancing diva and dog lover. Check out Kris's book "Culture Works: How to Create Happiness in the Workplace" at https://www.CultureWorksBook.com, for more fabulous leadership tips and tools. Learn more about Kris's company at https://www.ChoosePeople.com or book Kris to speak at your next event at https://www.KrisBoesch.com!