Useful questions about YOUR work
If you think about yourself in an informal setting (with
friends, with people you love, when you're relaxed, when
you're out having fun) and then think about yourself at
work, what is the difference? If you were to introduce a
bit more of 'the real you' into work, what qualities would
you bring? What would be the benefits?
Imagine someone saying to you 'just be
yourself'. What are you like when you are 'just being yourself'.
Now imagine your day to day role – are there opportunities
where you could ‘be yourself’ a little more
Think about what made you take up the career/vocation/role
you've chosen, what was it you really wanted to get out
of it? What did you want to bring to it? When you remember
that, could you rediscover that motivation and put more
of it into what you're doing right now.
How well do you know the team
you work with, and how well do they know you? Are there
things about you that they don’t know? Do they know
about your values, what you care about, your ambitions,
all of your skills? Do you think it would make a difference
if you revealed more of yourself to your colleagues?
Many of us have incredible skills
that we use in our personal life – maybe as a football
coach, as a member of the territorial army, in charity work,
as a parent, a friend. Are there any of these skills that
you could use in your work life, so you would feel more
satisfied. What percentage of your overall skills do you
currently feel you use in your role?
What is it you really value about the team
you work in/the people around you? When the team is absolutely
at its best, what are they like? What is there about this
team/organisation that makes it unique, without which it
would not be the same? How could you bring that quality
even more into the way you work on a day to day basis. (e.g.
the team might have a great time in the evening in the pub,
but not in the office - could you all bring some of the
fun into work?)
Are there things about the ‘real you’
that people at work don't know much about? Do you think
they understand all of your qualities, abilities and talents?
Do they know what you care about? Is there something that
you could tell someone else at work about you that would
give them a bit more of an insight into what makes you tick?
What would you like to know about the other people you work
with in order to get on with them even better than you do
Do you feel appreciated for who you really are? At the same
time, do you praise the people around you? As we all know,
if we show appreciation, it encourages more of the same
type of behaviour. There may be things you appreciate about
other people that you've never told them – why not
let them know! Praise isn't just for managers to
staff. You can praise your colleagues, say thank
you for the way they are.