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We are in a very competitive hiring environment and retaining knowledgeable, trained employees is more important than ever! One approach we are recommending to our clients to keep their valued employees is conducting 1:1 Stay Interviews with each employee. Touching base using this format with your employees at least twice a year is recommended, and here are the 5 Most Effective Stay Interview Questions to ask. 

  1. When you arrive at work each day, what things do you look forward to?
  2. What are you learning here?
  3. Why do you stay here?
  4. When was the last time you thought about leaving our team? What prompted it?
  5. What can I do to make your work experience better for you? 

Based on feedback from leaders who have used these questions and probed the responses, the three most valuable questions are 3, 4 and 5; they are direct, open-ended, and full of potential learning.

To learn more about asking your employees if they are happy at work, check out this recent Harvard Business Review article:  How to Ask Whether an Employee Is Happy at Work by Christopher Littlefield, and here is the link to read the short descriptions for the 5 Most Effective Stay Interview Questions.