The Vital Corporation
July 23rd, 2024     

Work Team Vital Signs

Brief diagnostic of Stress, Satisfaction, and Engagement in a work team

Question: How “Untrue” or “True” do you believe each of the following statements is about your work team?

The “work team” you choose to profile may be your immediate team or a broader segment of your company’s workforce which you know well.

Use the following scale:

I     Stress in work [vs. energy & balance]

1. People are frequently irritable or difficult to get along with.
2. People often seem tired.
3. People spend a lot of time and energy worrying, and listening to / spreading rumours.
4. People are experiencing more minor health problems (e.g. colds, flu, headaches).
5. Pessimism is a frequent response when future workplace changes are discussed.
6. People have a hard time staying focused on the work they’re doing.
7. People often seem to over-respond to small issues, or to under-respond to important issues.
8. People feel they are working under unreasonable pressure.

II     Dissatisfaction with work [vs. work satisfaction]

1. People feel they rarely get the recognition they deserve for their work.
2. People find it difficult to stay as motivated by their work as they would like to be.
3. People seem to spend more time in complaining about obstacles in their work than in finding solutions.
4. People frequently feel it is impossible to find a satisfying balance between conflicting demands or priorities at work.
5. People find too little opportunity for enjoying casual time with friends at work.
6. People feel that pressures at work are interfering with their family life.
7. People are slow to let go of “the good old days”, of how “things used to be better around here than they are now”.
8. People feel that some of the important parts of their job don’t get enough of their attention due to urgent or “firefighting” demands on their time.

III     Disengagement from work [vs. engagement]

1. People sometimes resent how they’re treated by the company.
2. People often feel that no matter how well they do their work, nothing they do will be judged as good enough.
3. People believe that many of the company’s decisions that affect their work are short-sighted or inconsistent.
4. People no longer perceive the company as “a fine employer to work for”.
5. People don’t feel the sense of loyalty to the company that they used to.
6. People often feel that, on a personal level, they are paying too high a price for the company’s success.
7. Many people would leave the company if they were offered a comparable job elsewhere.
8. A decreasing number of people feel they have a long term work future with the company.

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