It may, according to Janet Smith at The Power of Goodwill. She recently wrote a couple posts on the most important question bosses should ask their employees, especially those employees you depend on the most.
The question - What can I do to make your job more rewarding, interesting, and satisfying?
The point is that you should never take any employee for granted—particularly the ones you need the most. And to let these folks know that you appreciate them, value them, care about them, and want to keep them happy at work, there’s one question you absolutely must ask them. It may seem simple. It may seem obvious. But how often have you asked this question (or had it asked of you)?
Before asking the question, there are a few rules you need to follow:
- Regardless of the employee’s answer, take it seriously and show interest in what they say.
- Discuss the answer with the employee and tell them honestly what you can and can’t do.
- Let them know what you would like to do and when you think it could happen.
After asking the question and taking a sincere interest in their answer, do it all over again three months from now.
Employees who know that their feelings and opinions are valued by the company will show it in their work. When bosses listen, it improves employee morale and makes employees want to work harder because they know they are valued.
So, ask the question, ask it often and let employees know you care.