12 Work Rules to Live By

Skip Angel has taken and expanded Marcus Buckingham’s 12 Questions on measuring success at work. [here]
Many of these were eye-openers for me. I have marked it as unread to re-visit again.


1. Do I know what is expected of me at work? (This will check to see if the person’s roles and responsibilities have been clearly communicated.)
2. Do I have the materials and equipment I need to do my work right? (This will get to the roadblock with tools that the individual is using so the manager can resolve.)
3. At work, do I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day? (This question determines if the job is taking advantage of the individual’s strengths or desires.)
4. In the last seven days, have I received recognition or praise for doing good work? (When I saw this question, it was an eye opener and a reminder to give recognition and praise more often. Not to assume that “no news is good news”.)
5. Does my supervisor, or someone at work, seem to care about me as a person? (Another eye opener, does the individual believe that they are getting my attention and I care about how they are doing?)
6. Is there someone at work who encourages my development? (This will provide information on the individual’s mentors as well as for you to see some of the leaders in your organization.)
7. At work, do my opinions seem to count? (This is a great question and will deal with issues where an individual is feeling shut out of decisions.)
8. Does the mission/purpose of my company make me feel my job is important? (Like the first question, this question really tests the employees on what has been communicated — in this case, the company vision and strategy.)
9. Are my co-workers committed to doing quality work? (This question helps to see how this individual relates to others and their contribution to the team.)
10. Do I have a best friend at work? (Work is a community as sorts, so this is an interesting question to ask and get responses to see where there are tighter relationships between individuals.)
11. In the last six months, has someone at work talked to me about my progress? (Just like the recognition question, this is a gentle reminder to a manager to keep up with the progress of people on their team.)
12. This last year, have I had opportunities at work to learn and grow? (This question sets the stage on aligning personal goals to opportunities either within or outside of the organization. It also tells the individual that you care about them wanted to learn and grow.)

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