There are times when junior team members encounter a problem and then mail the team, asking "what should I do?".
I want to encourage my team-mates to do more individual thinking and produce a proposal, as opposed to throwing a question out for someone else to handle.
How can I reply to my team-mates mails in a positive way that encourages them to make a proposal. I considered replying with "What do you think the right course of action is?" but I'm concerned that sounds a bit condescending as I'm not their manager.
- I am not a manager. While I am senior team member, I don’t have the time to answer every question / problem. Otherwise I’d never get my work done.
- The team is physically together in the same building
- I see a bunch of feedback re junior team members needing guidance. While I understand that, I want to break the habit of questions with so little thought behind them. If the mail had a question with an idea or two (even if they’re bad ideas), that’d be way better.