More wisdom from First break all the Rules!

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010 at 17:25

Back again for more wisdom from “First, break all the rules”, an unconventional look at how to manage staff. Managers must first find and address employees’ needs in order to build a nurturing work environment enabling company vision, mission and goals to be met. Buckingham and Coffman suggest the following 12 questions to measure the strength of a workplace. They are designed to produce positive answers, the more yes’ the better the workplace.

1. Do I know what is expected of me at work?
2. Do I have the materials and equipment I need to do my work right?
3. At work, do I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day?
4. In the last seven days, have I received recognition or praise for good work?
5. Does my supervisor, or someone at work, seem to care about me as a person?
6. Is there someone at work who encourages my development?
7. At work, do my opinions seem to count?
8. Does the mission/purpose of my company make me feel like my work is important?
9. Are my co-workers committed to doing quality work?
10. Do I have a best friend at work?
11. In the past six months, have I talked with someone about my progress?
12. At work, have I had opportunities to learn and grow?

While they may appear overly simplistic, they are actually designed in a bottom up hierarchy that highlights employees’ needs. Being a relatively new manager at G Media, I had a go answering these myself and my answers were almost all positive. I assure you there was no bias, knowing that my boss – Garion Hall can read this any time. This is not particular news to me in any case, as I am fairly happy going to headquarters everyday with my to-do list and leaving with some sense of job satisfaction at the end of each day. For comparison purposes, I applied the same questions to my last position and needless to say, my decision to move on was the right one.

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