Every boss should solicit frequent feedback from their subordinates. A good time can be right after conducting a subordinate’s performance review (and only after the compensation discussions, if any). In such instances, absent any conflict or negative emotions, there should be an environment for open dialogue.
The below 3 questions are credited to Dr. William E. Rosenbach, a professor in Gettysburg College’s department of management, in the blog, “Are you a bad boss?” He apparently would ask for anonymous answers. If you do this, DO NOT be critical of the responses.
Try it and comment on your experience.
1. What am I doing as your boss that you’d like to see me continue or do more of?
2. What am I doing that you’d like me to stop or do less of?
3. What am I not doing that you wish I’d start doing?