How to Spot Check Engagement: Just Ask the Team

Quick Leadership Tips: #1

Wendy Scott
2 min readMay 31


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If you want a productive team, high employee engagement is essential. We all know this, but how do you know if your team is as engaged as possible?

If you want a quick engagement pulse check, ask your team how they are in each one-to-one meeting.

I’ve run engagement surveys for decades, and the leaders with highly engaged teams always talked to their people regularly, including weekly one-to-ones.

Let the team know beforehand that you will ask about engagement so they are ready to answer.

All you need to do in the meeting is ask a couple of questions:

  • On a scale of one to ten, how engaged were you at work over the last week?
  • How can I help improve that?

Your team may find the question odd initially, but if you persevere, you’ll have some valuable information to increase engagement.

Good luck, let me know how you get on.

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Wendy Scott

Brit in Auckland, L&D professional and leader. I can show you how to train people and help you be the sort of leader people want to follow.