Appendix III: Questions

Strategic Themes, Goals, Vision, Mission and Values

How do you help Red River College Polytechnic meet its goals?

  • Gives the employee a chance to reflect on their contributions to the College.
  • Assists the individual in recognizing how their job fits into and contributes to the larger organization.
  • Provides an idea of how familiar the employee is with the College’s goals.
  • Is a good opportunity to review the College’s strategic plan with the employee if they are not already familiar with it.

How do you promote the College’s values?

  • Great way for the employee to recognize how they fit into and are contributing to the RRC Polytech culture. 
  • As each value has positive connotations, recognizing how the employee is exemplifying each value will likely empower them as employees and individuals.
  • Provides an idea of how familiar the employee is with College’s values.
  • Is a good opportunity to review the College’s values with the employee if they are not already familiar with them.

General Questions

What part of your work are you most proud of?

  • The employee can share work accomplishments that are noteworthy.
  • Allows the employee the opportunity to reflect on their professional and personal achievements.
  • Gives the manager an idea of what part of the employee’s job is most important to them and what areas they are excelling in.

Thinking about your last year of work, what has helped you to succeed in your position? (i.e. personal skills, tools, coworkers, other resources)

  • The employee can identify the resources and skills needed to do a good job.
  • In recognizing key success factors, the manager and employee can work to ensure that each factor is addressed.
  • By reflecting on the success factors that contributed to his/her accomplishments, the employee is empowered to capitalize on them and may be inspired to feel gratitude for support they received.

Thinking about your last year of work, what has made performing your job more difficult? (i.e. not having relevant skills, training, tools, time, assistance, other resources)

  • Provides insight into the challenges that the employee is facing.
  • Identifies factors that can be introduced to help the employee do their job better.
  • The manager can suggest ways to tackle the challenges the employee is facing and do their best to provide the resources needed to remove barriers.
  • The employee and manager can collaborate to problem-solve and decide on next steps to assist the employee and increase overall productivity.

What can our departmental team improve on?

  • The employee can provide insights into what they believe the team can do to be better
  • Employees who are fully functional in their role are usually the individuals who can provide the best ideas on how to improve the unit’s effectiveness and productivity.
  • The employee and manger can discuss ways to address the identified areas of improvement.
  • The manager should record the suggestions provided and ensure they take steps to address the challenges the employee brought forward.

What can I do to help our departmental team improve?

  • Emphasizes that the manager is working together with the team to make everyone more successful.
  • Gives the employee the opportunity to think of ways that the manager can help to facilitate better outcomes for the whole team.
  • Collecting this information from all team members allows the manager to see areas of improvement for themselves and adjust accordingly. 

What do you need from me to allow you to do your job better?

  • This question gives the opportunity to identify the support that the employee needs from the manager specifically. 
  • This support may be more guidance, access to information or feedback.
  • It also allows an opportunity for the employee to elaborate on ways that they can better work together with their manager.
  • This question highlights that the manager is there to support the employee and is willing to aid where needed.