What are team questions?
Team questions are carefully designed by expert coaches to help you and your team get to know one another better. Questions change every day and are incorporated into your daily Check-in. Each question (and answer) provides a chance for you to connect and share with your team.
After adding to your plan and reflecting on what happened, you’ll be prompted to answer a question that can range from, “How was your weekend?” to “If you didn’t sleep, what would you do with that time?” Whether your team is located in the next room or the next time zone, your answers will help your team get to know you better while building deeper connections and trust.
Why is it important to answer team questions?
Team questions require a level of introspection. When you are open and honest in your answers to team questions, your team will start to understand who you are beyond your job title. Being vulnerable and authentic at work might be hard at first, but research has shown that the benefits to your team are essential to team effectiveness.
- When team leads display some vulnerability in their answers, coworkers are encouraged to be open and honest as well.
- If you don’t really know the people on your team, it can be difficult to work together effectively. Team questions help you to better understand and connect with the people on your team resolving the tension that comes with communication issues and misunderstandings.
- Team questions help establish trust, which is an essential component of well-functioning teams. We know it takes work to build trust, but small changes in behavior can have big impacts. If you engage with the team questions each day, the habit can lead to a positive shift in team dynamics over time.
- Team questions ask you to share your opinions, personal life, and emotions with your team. As you become more and more comfortable doing this, these questions can help to establish an environment of psychological safety in the workplace. Psychological safety, or the ability to express yourself without the fear of negative consequences, is essential when it comes to team effectiveness. Psychologically safe environments motivate team members to:
- Share ideas, ask questions, and innovate
- Bring their authentic selves to work
- Admit and learn from mistakes
- Be transparent and vulnerable, leading to deeper connections and improved wellbeing
You can read more about psychological safety in the Range blog or this study on team effectiveness.
Questions in Range are designed to help you build a stronger team. They allow you to develop deeper connections, work better together, and be more effective as you build trust across your team. With vulnerability comes trust which ultimately leads to psychological safety — a top predictor of success and a key component of well-functioning teams. So, be sure to answer the team question in your next daily check-in and let us know about the positive changes you see in your team.
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