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Essential Questions to Ask Your Team Every Month

By wizu | 10 July 2021

Keeping everyone on the team connected and understanding what they’re dealing with is essential. However when your team is growing and changing, then staying in touch can be more challenging. Having those meaningful conversations may seem almost impossible. 

To help you and your team stay in touch more effectively, we’ve put together some questions that can start off those important conversations. Ask these questions each month and your team will function better, and you’ll have less stress about missing those important things going on with team members. 

These questions are sure to fuel better communication and enable you to take the right actions while getting things done. There’s no need for team collaboration to become challenging when you ask the right questions on a monthly basis. 

Questions to Ask Your Team Each Month

Here are the questions that can work to improve communication with your team. These questions are geared to get feedback, which will help you see how people are feeling. The questions can be used in an anonymous survey, through email, or other communication channels that your team uses. 

1). How Can I Be a Better Team Leader? 

This is a hard question to ask because it’s not always easy to deal with feedback that may be negative. However, asking this question will: 

  • Provide employees with the confidence to speak up and offer beneficial information/advice. 
  • Show you’re committed to being open and improving for the team’s benefit. 
  • Help you grow as a manager. 

You can also ask these follow up questions for additional feedback: 

  • If you could design the perfect manager, what would be some of their characteristics? 
  • If you were a manager, how would you do things differently? 

Asking these types of questions can be challenging. They put you in a vulnerable position; however, this is part of being a better leader. Try to keep an open mind and develop a true willingness to hear what the team is saying. This process will help you grow as a manager, and you’ll have some helpful insights on how you’re doing.

2). What Can We Do to Improve Our Products, Services or Process? 

Asking this question is important to get feedback about your company’s products or services. Employees may be an excellent source of ideas. What’s more, some of these employees may be uncomfortable sharing their ideas without a prompt or clear opportunity. You may be surprised at the insights and intuitiveness found in their answers. 

This question is also an excellent way to help your team feel empowered to explore their creative ideas and give them a voice. 

The bond between the team and the company’s success is sure to grow and become stronger. 

Follow up questions to ask: 

  • Which of our current processes are the most in need of an update? Are there any of our processes that should be retired? 
  • Are there any totally new and wild ideas you may have for new products or services? I’d love to hear these!

When you find a brilliant idea amongst the feedback, be sure to let the team member know what you think. Share the idea with the right people or connect the employee with them directly. Remember, a good and successful leader always gives credit where it’s due. 

3). What Can We Do to Improve Our Team Culture? 

This is another beneficial question to ask your team for these reasons: 

  • It shows that work is more than accomplishing tasks and growing the company. 
  • The question works to boost employee engagement and show the team you care about them. 
  • The answers may highlight problems that are distracting the team and/or keeping them from being more productive. 

Follow up questions to ask: 

  • How important is company culture for everyone when it comes to your work? 
  • What would be your ideal work culture? What do you think is blocking us from the ideal work culture? 

4). What Team Building Activities Can We Do Together? 

Asking your team this question helps to build a stronger team, which leads to better teamwork and better outcomes. In addition, the team’s responses to this question can help the team to get to know one another better. This also works to improve the working relationships within the team. 

This is a question that can help build connections even with remote or distributed teams. 

Follow up questions to ask: 

  • How much time can we dedicate per month to team bonding and maintaining human connections? 
  • Do we want to schedule a recurring time slot for team-building exercises? 

Remember to keep in mind the formation of your team. The type of team-building exercises depends on whether or not the team works on-site or remotely, or a combination of both. You’ll need team-building exercises that work with these types of teams. 

5). What (or Who) is Missing from Our Team? 

Almost one-third of employees say they don’t have access to non-material sources of information. These may include support, data, or training, which they feel are necessary for their work. Employees may not feel that they can bring these issues up if you don’t ask.

Your team’s response to this question can guide you, as the manager, with the recruitment and hiring of the right people for your team. 

Follow up questions to ask: 

  • What is the level of urgency associated with these skills or resource gaps? 
  • How could we fill in these gaps with the resources we currently have? 

6). What Else Can I Do to Better Manage Our Team? 

Asking this question can help you see things you may have missed. It can also help ensure employees have everything they need to work effectively and productively. In addition, employees will feel more like they’re part of the decision-making process, as well as the strategic direction of the company. 

Follow up questions to ask: 

  • Does anyone want to pitch in on further developing and/or implementing some of these ideas? 
  • Are there opportunities for collective leadership from the team to fulfil some of these needs? 

Summing It Up

Be sure to ask these questions each month. Doing so and really taking the time to listen to what your team has to say can provide valuable information. Not only will you become a better manager, but you’ll also help employees have access to the tools and information they need to be successful.

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