I’ve been taking people’s temperature lately. No, not with the fancy things that don’t actually touch you to tell you if you have a fever, but in terms of how motivated people are to be doing what they’re doing. What I’m finding is that it’s been really tough. People tell me that they are tired. They are burned out. They are feeling disillusioned and tired.

Leaders are sharing with me that they are pleased with initial productivity they saw at the beginning of the virus crisis/team merger/new product launch, but as people are realizing that they are in this for the long-haul, productivity has started to decline.

We have developed a quick assessment to help team leaders understand how their teams are doing.

Please indicate the best answer:


1. Everyone on my team understands their job responsibilities.
People on your team could benefit by having more transparency from leadership on the importance of what they do.
It is sometimes frustrating for you when others are not doing their fair share of the work, especially if you feel as though you are having to carry their workload, too. When leadership doesn’t seem to realize what is going on, and they don’t hold everyone accountable, it is very discouraging.
2. Everyone on my team is well-trained for the job they are doing now.
3. Everyone on the team knows the vision and mission of the organization.
Leaders, managers, and supervisors can improve organizational commitment and understanding by making sure that team members know the long-term and short-term strategic goals.
4. The commitment to this organization by the entire team is:
5. The team talks every week about what is most important.
Good communication in the workplace is critical to the organizational success. Great leaders know that they have to constantly work on making sure everyone in the organization understands their role and how they impact others. Even though leaders may see the big picture, it is vital to share that perspective with everyone else. Team members knowing what others are working on increases their situational awareness and effectiveness throughout the team.
6. The team is able to address tough issues without worrying about hurting people’s feelings.
It is always tough to have conversations where some feedback may be construed as negative. When team members feel that they have a high degree of trust with each other, these conversations are understood in the context they are intended. People take ownership of issues without feeling as though they are being personally attacked.
As your organization increases trust, people will be able to have difficult conversations that are perceived as valuable and helpful instead of critical or mean.
7. We work well as a team.
Every team, even the best, occasionally experiences conflict. Conflict and disagreements can be healthy and productive. We need different viewpoints and perspectives. If everyone on the team thinks exactly alike, we may risk becoming stagnant. The challenge is making sure that the team knows how to work well together, even during tough times, especially during tough times, and that team members can rely on each other.
8. There is a high degree of trust among all team members.
Trust is vital to every organization, relationship, and success. When trust is not just assumed but intrinsically understood at its core, it is easier for the organization to prosper. This is the chapter on how to develop, build and foster more trust in the workplace, from the book, Why Leaders Fail and the 7 Prescriptions for Success.https://productiveleaders.com/product/why-leaders-fail-7-prescriptions-success/
9. I can rely on my co-workers to do what they say they will do.
We all want to work in a place where we can rely on each other. When others let us down, it erodes our confidence in their ability to do their job.
Your leadership could benefit you and others by holding everyone more accountable.
10. We could work better as a team.
Every team, no matter how strong, can be improved. For teams to thrive, every team member needs to operate at 100%. Team members can increase their contributions to the team by asking themselves;
“How can I help the team become stronger today?”
“What can I do to make sure I am not letting anyone else down?”
“Who can I help today?”
“Where can I offer more value?”
11. There is a high degree of trust in senior leadership to do what they say they will do.
People want to work for leaders they trust.
Your organizational leaders need to realize that sometimes small actions have big consequences when people are disappointed by leaders who don’t follow through.
12. This workplace encourages employee development at all levels.
Did you know that 79% of millennials say they would leave an organization if they were not being personally and professionally developed at work? People want to be challenged. People want training and education that makes them better. In today’s job market, employees know there are options available to them, and they are not afraid to leave an organization in search of better opportunities.
Smart organizations realize that people are their most important asset, and they encourage employee development at all levels.
13. My current leadership will help me advance my career in this organization.
People want leadership that is willing to coach, mentor, and advise them on their career goals. Making time to have career discussions is important. If people do not think their current leadership is excited about helping them advance, there is a high likelihood that they will accelerate their job hunting activities.
14. This job is a stepping stone for other opportunities.
15. I am ready for my next professional opportunity.
1. You are ready for increased roles and responsibilities. Have you talked with your supervisor about what that looks like in this organization? How can they help you achieve your goals?
2. You continue to advance your skills and abilities, and you are probably looking at what comes next for you. Have you talked with your supervisor about what that looks like in this organization? How can they help you achieve your goals?
3. Maybe you are still new to the job or industry, or maybe you are really happy in the job you are doing right now. DO you need more training or education? Do you have a plan for that? Have you talked with your supervisor about what that looks like and how they help you achieve your goals?
4. You might not be looking at your next opportunity yet. If you want more professional responsibilities, now is the time to create a plan to learn, shadow others, or get more training. Have you talked with your supervisor about what that looks like and how they help you achieve your goals?
16. This organization values creative ideas.
17. In this workspace, we strive for excellence in everything we do.

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