Communication is key in the workplace. But for some, being open about what they like or don’t like with their manager isn’t easy. To ensure you are getting honest feedback from your team, consider making a Stop. Start. Continue. exercise part of your monthly routine with your direct reports. It’s so simple, yet very effective for getting important conversations started and creating a sound environment for open communication ongoing.
How it works in a nutshell: Ask your team to list out 3 things they’d like you to stop doing, 3 things they’d like you to start doing and 3 things they’d like you to keep doing. During one of your one-on-ones, talk through their items and discuss. Follow-up on it at your next one on one.
Now, many might find this type of feedback difficult to receive. But often little tweaks can be made from it in the short term that have big impacts on the long term effectiveness of the manager and team.
Be open. Listen and say Mahalo!