It is important to seek feedback from your employees, even if it is sometimes painful. Here are a few open-ended questions to ask them to get them thinking and provide you with some potentially helpful information, as suggested in the article “5 Steps to Getting Better Employee Feedback (Even If You Hate It)”:
- Why did you decide to work for this business? What has made you continue here?
- What do you think is the biggest strength you bring to this business?
- Do you feel that the work you do makes a difference in the company?
- How have you been thanked or recognized for your work in the past 6 months?
- What professional development assistance have you received?
- Does your supervisor provide you with frequent feedback?
- What do you think is the most important thing we need to improve in our organization?
- What are our core beliefs and mission?
- Who is our number-one competitor?
- How do you usually receive company-wide information?
Remind your employees that there are no right or wrong answers and that you will be open minded in your reception of critique, and you might find yourself with some useful and constructive feedback.