Stop, start and continue.
Involve your crew in your annual review.
With 2017 fast approaching, it's time to look back at the year and start planning for the year ahead. I'm not just talking about the corporate planning most executives do tucked away in their office somewhere in complete solidarity. I'm talking about having a company meeting involving all your employees.
In an article written by Tim Miles, another of the many talented Wizard of Ads partners, he lists the 10 simple questions he sends out to ALL his employees in preparation for the company's annual meeting.
Feel free to replace "MCo" (Miles and Co.) with your company name.
- What's been right about MCo in 2016?
- What's been wrong with MCo in 2016?
- What's been missing from MCo in 2016?
- What's been unclear about MCo in 2016?
- Who's your favorite client? What is it about them that makes them your favorite?
- If you had a magic wand, what 1-3 things would you change?
- What's working well for us? What shouldn't we change?
- Imagine it's one year from today... and we are firing on all cylinders and everything is both hunky and dory... paint that picture of your idea of big honkin success for me.
- What was your greatest professional accomplishment this year? Of what are you most proud?
- What do you imagine will be our biggest challenge as a company in 2017?
Providing these questions ahead of time allows them and to think about their answers. Additionally, by involving the entire crew, you are demonstrating that you value them and what they have to say.
This way, your hardworking crew will feel like they are an integral part of the greater picture, and more importantly, you won't find yourself wondering why your employees aren't owning the company plan.
What are you doing to make sure your employees feel like valued individuals and not just subordinates who follow orders?
Morty Silber, CEO
Mad Strategies Inc.
a Wizard of Ads Partner