24 Questions to Ask Employees
October 25, 2007
The truth may hurt, but not asking could cause even more pain.
That is why "retention of talent" has become a key strategy for small, midsized and especially large corporations around the world. Some are looking at things like offering special benefits (telecommuting, flexible hours, building new fitness centers, etc.), while others have gone deeper.
1) What would make your work more meaningful and satisfying? 2) What conditions would cause you to seek employment elsewhere? 3) What is it that keeps you from seeking other employment? 4) What changes need to be made in your work environment? 5) How do you like to be recognized, acknowledged and rewarded for a job well done? 6) What is your greatest challenge or roadblock? 7) What makes you feel like a valuable contributor? 8) What support, tools/resources, skills or empowerment do you need to be more effective? 9) What strengths or talents do you possess that aren't being used? 10) What de-motivates you?
1) If you could go back to any previous position and stay for an extended period of time, which one would it be and why? 2) In the morning, does your job make you jump out of bed or hit the snooze button? 3) What makes for a great workday? 4) What can we do to make your job more satisfying? 5) What can we do to keep you with us?
The pro and con with asking these questions are one and the same: you may learn things about the company that you'd prefer not knowing. Yet the answers to these questions could reveal something that is fundamentally wrong and that could be affecting other employees, as well.
1) If you could change one thing about our company, what would it be? 2) How do you feel the company and your team are doing? 3) How do you feel I am doing as your supporting leader? 4) Do you receive sufficient feedback about your performance? 5) What is most satisfying about your job? 6) What is least satisfying about your job? 7) What would you change about your job? 8) Do you receive enough training to do your job effectively? 9) How can I, or the firm, help you reach your career goals?
Consider these questions to enhance communication between managers and employees. Managers should take time now to start talking with their people, really listening to employees' responses and taking action to change what needs to be changed.
The key to keeping valued employees and reducing turnover is promptly addressing issues that could lead to their leaving.
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