MRH Poll Questions

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Question 1


NEW! How often does your organization conduct employee satisfaction surveys?
  • More Than Once A Year
  • Annually
  • Every 2 Years
  • Every 3 or More Years
  • At Random (No Schedule)
  • Never


Question 2


What is the biggest management challenge you are facing right now?
  • Limited resources or availability
  • Employee performance issues
  • Employee or staff morale
  • Workload and working hours
  • Conflicting goals of the organization
  • Limited mentoring for your own career


Question 3


How often do you have One on One meetings with your employees?
  • Monthly
  • Weekly
  • Daily
  • Quarterly
  • Rarely or Never


Question 4


What do you enjoy MOST about being the boss?
  • Seeing employees learn and grow
  • Being in charge and making the decisions
  • Watching your plans come together
  • Getting to see the 'bigger picture' across your team
  • The relationships you develop with your staff


Question 5


NEW! How much awareness or training is provided to you about the strategy or mission of your company?
  • A lot - we spend a lot of time making sure staff understands and take action accordingly
  • Enough - People know the main parts of it and work in support of it
  • Some - The basics are known, but that's really it
  • Not enough - Most people do not really know the specifics or objectives
  • Hardly any - We see posters and slogans, but really have no idea what they mean!


Question 6


NEW! How often does your organization conduct training on ethics?
  • Annually, or on some regular basis
  • Only after something bad happens
  • Rarely or Never


Question 7


How would you describe the organizational structure of your company?
  • Great, it's helping us grow
  • Good, it's clear and I know who does what
  • Could use work, a bit unclear, but not an issue
  • Confusing, roles and responsibilities aren't clear
  • A major problem, it's hurting growth and causing issues


Question 8


How well could you describe the business strategy of your organization?
  • Very well, it's clear, makes sense, and our actions support it
  • Pretty well, I have a good idea, but dont know all the details
  • Ok, I think I know what we're trying to do.
  • Not well, our actions don't seem consistent
  • Not sure I even know, I just do what I'm told right now


Question 9


What was your biggest fear when you became a leader of people?
  • Delivering performance feedback to employees
  • Not being accepted by the team
  • Feeling like you needed to be the expert
  • Dealing with performance issues
  • Increasing workload and hours
  • Other


Question 10


NEW! How many employees work for your company or organization?
  • Less than 100 people
  • Between 100 to 1,000 people
  • Between 1,000 to 5,000 people
  • Between 5,000 to 20,000 people
  • Between 20,000 to 50,000 people
  • More than 50,000 people


Question 11


How much empowerment do you feel you have in your organization?
  • I can make important decisions with minimal oversight as long as I do my job.
  • A good amount, but I need my boss's approval on bigger decisions.
  • Some, but my boss has to approve most things before I can take action
  • Not much. My boss makes the decisions on just about everything.
  • Hardly any. Multiple levels of approval for pretty much everything.


Question 12


How well does your organization prepare people for leadership and management positions?
  • Very well. We have effective training and resources for new managers.
  • Good, although it could be better. But people figure it out eventually.
  • Alright. A bit more structure and emphasis on training would help.
  • Needs work. There are some resources for new managers, but not many.
  • Not very well. Kind of a sink or swim approach, with a little guidance here and there.
  • Poor. There is no preparation or training that goes into it.


Question 13


Which of the following best describes your resource contraints?
  • It's simply about people, and I just do not have enough of them.
  • I have enough people, but I personally do not have enough time to be everywhere at once.
  • Mostly financial. I cannot get funds for new software, supplies, training, etc.
  • We take on too much, and do not have the discipline to say 'NO' to anything.
  • It's hard to predict what resources we need until it is too late.
  • Not many. I generally get the resources whenever I need them.


Question 14


Which of the following best describes the culture where you work?
  • A family atmosphere. We are all in it together and work together to get there.
  • Work hard, play hard. We push it, but reward people for their efforts.
  • Every man for himself.
  • A bit cutthroat. Little tolerance for mistakes.
  • Nurturing. We all want to succeed and we help each other get there.
  • Stuffy and serious. I wish we could dial it back a little bit.


Question 15


How often are employees recognized and rewarded for significant effort where you work?
  • Always and routinely, part of our culture
  • Most of the time when the effort is really significant
  • Occaisionally, but there could be more recognition
  • Not very often, just part of the job
  • Rarely, rewards and recognition are not part of our culture


Question 16


Which best describes the work-from-home policy at your firm?
  • We have a highly virtual workforce
  • People can work from home whenever they want
  • Some people work from home, depending on their boss or job
  • From time to time, but not too often
  • We do not really encourage or want people working from home
  • Rarely, or not possible for our organization


Question 17


Please describe the tool your organization uses for annual employee performance reviews:
  • An elaborate tool that is thorough and easy to use
  • An elaborate tool that is not user friendly
  • An efficient tool which is easy to use
  • A simple system that is not user friendly
  • No tool. Just a basic MS Word Document, Email, or a Handwritten form
  • We do not do employee reviews


Question 18


What is the most difficult employee behavior to manage or correct?
  • Consistently meeting their commitments
  • Conducting themselves professionally
  • Communicating effectively
  • Working well with others
  • Willingness to put in extra effort when needed
  • Producing quality output that meets expectations


Question 19


How many direct employees do you personally manage?
  • None
  • 1 to 5 employees
  • 6 to 10 employees
  • 11 to 15 employees
  • 16 to 20 employees
  • More than 20 employees


Question 20


What is the ideal number of direct employees a manager should have in order to remain effective?
  • Fewer than 3 employees
  • 3 to 5 employees
  • 6 to 10 employees
  • 11 to 15 employees
  • 16 to 20 employees
  • More than 20 employees


Question 21


NEW! How often does your organization conduct exit interviews with departing employees?
  • Always
  • Most of the time
  • Only on a case by case basis
  • Rarely, if ever
  • Never


Question 22


NEW! We want to step up our game at MRH. How can we better help you?
  • I am interested in books from MRH
  • I am interested in Management Courses from MRH
  • I am interested in Webinars from MRH
  • I am interested in direct Coaching from MRH
  • I am interested in on-site workshops at my office.


Question 23


NEW! What is the most effective way to communicate in your place of work?
  • Emails
  • Text Message
  • Instant Message via Computer
  • Conference Calls
  • Meetings
  • Face to Face Conversations


Question 24


NEW! How would you describe the work/life balance at your place of work?
  • Great, We work our hours and that is it.
  • We put in extra time if needed, but it is not too bad
  • We regularly put in extra time
  • Working long hours and/or weekends is pretty much expected
  • Figment of the imagination, there is no work/life balance.


Question 25


NEW! How are you compensated when you work overtime or extended hours?
  • I am paid for extra hours
  • I get compensation time (additional time off later)
  • I am compensated, by something other than money or additional time off
  • I am not compensated for extra time worked


Question 26


NEW! Which best describes the metrics you track in your organization?
  • We do not have many metrics.
  • We track a handful of key things that are important.
  • We tend to track a lot of things.
  • Too many. If you can create a metric for it, we track it.


Question 27


NEW! Which of the following best describes the use of metrics in your organization?
  • We do not track much and do not need to.
  • More metrics would probably help.
  • Our metrics are helpful. They help us make decisions to improve.
  • We do not track the right things, so our metrics do not really help us.
  • We collect mountains of data but never use it.