Questions to ask your subordinates

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?


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