Is it a struggle to motivate your employees? Do you feel like your employees don’t really know what is expected of them? The solution may be simple – ask good questions. At Fiducia Marketing, managers need to communicate and ask questions for success. All employees are unique and work differently, which is why it’s important for managers to learn everyone’s styles and preferences.
If one person produces their best work being left alone, then leave them alone! If another employee needs to know exactly what is expected of them, lgive them good instructions. Here are a few good questions to ask your employees when they are first hired, as well as throughout their tenure to ensure that both they and you know what is expected:
How do you work best?
Do they work best alone, in a team, or a mix of both? Allow them (when possible) to work this way. Everyone is different. Just because you like to work with music blaring, that doesn’t mean your employees do. Make sure your employees know that they can come to you with requests and concerns. Of course, depending on the work environment, not every request can be met, but having an open door policy will help things move more smoothly.
How do you like to be rewarded?
Sometimes it can be hard to tell what employees really want – so why not ask them? Consider setting up some form of bonus program with input from employees. If there is a rewards system already in place, ask employees what they would like to see included in it.
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How do you like to be managed?
All managers have a preferred style of management, but that style will need to be slightly adjusted for each individual employee. Find out what works best for your employees to make everyone’s life easier.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
This question may be cliché, but there’s a reason people started asking it in the first place. Find out what your employees are looking for out of their careers. Would they love to get into management someday, or do they prefer to become the go-to expert in their department? Knowing where employees want to end up will allow you to help steer them in the right direction while letting them know that you care.
How can I make your job easier?
Do your employees struggle with multitasking, or do they thrive in a fast-paced and multi-faceted environment? Are they a door-shut, head-down type of worker? Do they work better when they can come in earlier and leave earlier? Find out if you or anyone else could help make their job easier simply by knowing what distractions and frustrations they struggle with.