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Key questions to ask employees when checking in on team wellbeing

October 6, 2023

If you own a business, one of the most important aspects is to check in on your team’s well-being. This allows for a transparent relationship in the workplace, as well as setting a clear example for new starters so they know that they can talk to their peers about any concerns they might have. According to the Mental Health Foundation, 1 in 6.8 people experience mental health problems in the workplace, which is 14.7%. This shows the value of ensuring there is a transparent relationship with the well-being of a team.  

As well as increasing team morale, this will lead to team members staying in the company for longer, due to a healthy team culture. 

How can I go about asking employees?

There are multiple ways you can go about asking employees to check in on their team wellbeing. You could set up an anonymous survey, allowing all the employees to fill it in. Or whilst you are 1 on 1 with a team member away from the office, you can ask them about their well-being, in a safe and comfortable environment. 

From here, if management sees an individual with significant issues the team can intervene to try and mitigate and sort it out. Or, there may be an issue that is affecting the majority of the team.

A scale could even be used, like: 

  • Rating stress levels on a scale of 1-10.
  • Workload on a scale of 1-10.
  • Happiness on a scale of 1-10.

As well as this, you can decide on asking some questions for staff to elaborate if there are any problems. Keep on reading to find out some of the best questions to ask when checking in on team wellbeing. 

1) Are you happy?

Arguably one of the more straightforward questions, asking employees if they are happy allows them to reply in a straightforward, open manner with an opportunity to bring up any issues that need to be addressed. 

In a larger workforce, a survey may be one of the best ways to ask this question. This will allow the data to be collected from the team quickly, maximising an outcome. This way, employees can answer quickly and effectively.

2) How do you find your work/life balance?

Another good question is to ask employees about their work-life balance. A work life balance is essential for employees so they don’t feel too overwhelmed with work, which can impact their wellbeing. A healthy work life balance will increase work productivity and retain employees for the long term, which benefits business.

3) Do you feel able to speak up at work?

Asking employees if they can speak up at work gives employers an insight into the way the culture works in their business. If it’s a transparent environment, then employees will feel they are able to speak up about a problem or a work related question without feeling nervous or judged.

4) What would it be if you could change one key thing in the workplace?

This question will bring up anything that’s niggling employees in the workplace. For example, the team may not like the lack of working from home, which can have a negative impact on the way employees feel about their working week. If the team are able to express their feelings on this, then a more open, transparent workspace will be available. 

Overall, we hope these have been useful if you are considering checking in on the team’s wellbeing. 

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