Asking questions is a crucial component of an active workplace. As children we have a natural curiosity that seems to get squashed in a large corporation environment.
So many leaders are either content with how things stand or just aren’t very interested in having anything challenged.
Getting your employees to think differently and ask questions might be a hard task but well worth the work. When your employees realize that they won’t be barked at or even ignored at for asking questions, that is when everything gets better!
So, how do you do create an environment where your employees feel free to ask questions?
- Encouraging your staff to ask questions will have to come from the top. Your team might look at you as knowing it all but you should reach out to them and ask what they think about a project or if they see any potential issues with the direction a certain task is taking or the even the company. This will show your employees that the firm is open to new ideas that will advance the business.
- When your workforce does step up and ask questions, make sure you call attention to their initiative regarding taking that step and don’t just make it all about the ideas themselves. When you recognize your employee’s awareness, it will encourage more than just “safe” questions in the future and this will favor new ideas for your business.
- It might sound obvious but make sure you are listening to what is being asked. The point in getting your employees to start asking questions is to uncover material or understandings you hadn’t realized and not merely to reinforce your own
- Reestablishing the custom of asking questions is going to take time and practice. Just because we may be out of habit doesn’t mean we don’t have the ability any longer. Integrating asking questions into your company’s culture will take a concentrated effort to encourage greater participation and involvement from everyone.
We all grew up knowing the strength that asking questions held. It gave us knowledge about everything around us.
This can do the same for your business, use this sense of curiosity to gain unique perspectives and understandings, information which can help lead to new possibilities for growth and advancement.
How do you encourage asking questions in your company?
Dave Baney is the founder and CEO of 55 Questions, LLC and author of "The 3x5 Coach: A Practical Guide to Coaching Your Team for Greater Results and Happier People", which is now available in Paperback or a Kindle version at https://tinyurl.com/y8ecykfy