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Team Culture Audit

Download this best practice questionnaire to solicit feedback on your team's culture and behavioural norms to accompany the book Managing People.


Team culture is an incredibly important driver of both employee happiness and productive work. As a manager, you'll need to foster a culture that supports high performance and avoids any toxicity that makes employees feel uncomfortable. This questionnaire has been designed to access how well your team's current culture and norms of behaviour align with this goal, and help you to identify any areas that might need attention.

This page provides a best practice questionnaire for you to solicit feedback from your employees around your current culture. You can download, adapt and execute this questionnaire yourself.

Question List

This questionnaire has been designed to ask probing questions around the 6 critical components to a high-performance culture:

  1. Psychological safety

  2. Purpose

  3. Belonging

  4. Trust

  5. Energy

  6. Impact

These six areas are described in more detail in Simon Birkenhead's book, Managing People.

Participants should be asked to answer each question with a score of 1 to 4, with 1 indicating they Strongly Disagree with the statement and 4 indicating they Strongly Agree with it.

A range of 1 to 4 is superior to the typical 1 to 5 scoring system typically used for questionnaires. With a 1 to 5 system it is easy for participants to choose 3, indicating they neither agree nor disagree with the statement. However, the reality is that people will generally always feel positive or negative towards an issue - it is very rare that they truly have no opinion either way. By forcing participants to choose either a negative opinion (1 or 2) or a positive opinion (3 or 4), you will gain a far more insightful view.

Because we always want a score of 4 (Strong Agree) to be a 'good' result (i.e. an indicator of strong employee engagement), each question should be phrased so that if the participant agrees with it then that is a positive result for employee engagement.

Submit the form below to download an example Team Culture audit questionnaire that Simon Birkenhead, author of the book Managing People, has used in the businesses he has led. You'll also gain access to an example online survey using these questions.

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