We are taught to always be honest and forthcoming and our hope is that our employees are truthful with us in the workplace. The reality is, there are a few situations where you may not be getting straight answers from your staff. Here are three questions your team probably isn’t answering honestly.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
When you inquire about your employee’s vision for their future at the company, your objective is to get feedback on their plans for their growth and advancement. Although, their response may include an impressive plan for their career within your organization, they may in fact be dreaming about a life at the beach sipping a cold cocktail.
What do you think of Kevin?
When you ask for an employee’s opinion on one of their colleagues, chances are they will be diplomatic. Don’t be surprised if they are not as forthcoming as you’d hope. Smart employees fly under the radar and avoid drama. So, although they may actually have strong feelings on poor Kevin, they may refrain from being completely open for fear of coming across as a gossip.
How are things going?
No one wants to be a complainer so when you ask how an employee is feeling about their role at the company, chances are they will be tactful. If they have strong opinions about a certain issue, they will probably come to you in private at a specified time. But, if you are simply checking in with them, expect a less than detailed response because more than likely than won’t want to burden you with their grievances.