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The Stay Interview

Ok, so you’ve got your employee performance reviews nailed. Fab. And your exit interviews? In the bag. But don’t put the kettle on just yet, because if your goal is to strengthen employee engagement and ultimately keep your staff from walking, then you’re missing a trick…

Stay Interviews

They do exactly what it says on the tin, and some. These yearly one-to-ones are your biggest retention weapon, and have the added bonus of taking employee engagement to a whole new level.

They are, to put it simply, an opportunity for employees to discuss what they do and don’t like about their position, giving you a powerful insight into their job satisfaction and engagement.

And the biggest benefit? Unlike exit interviews, they give you an opportunity to change things, make things better, and ultimately keep hold of talent.
But to get the absolute most out of stay interviews, you need to ask the right questions. We’ve found some awesome suggestions from the USA’s employment giant, monster.com…

Before you read these, take off your manager’s hat. This is about connecting on a human-to-human level, which is the very best way to understand the people that work for you.

What is it about your job that makes you want to jump out of bed?

What about your job makes you want to hit the snooze button?

What are you passionate about?

What’s your dream job?

If you changed your role completely, what would you miss the most?

If you won the lottery and didn’t have to work, what would you miss?

What did you love in your last position that you’re not doing now?

What makes for a great day at work?

If you had a magic wand, what would be the one thing you’d change about your work, your role and your responsibilities?

What do you think about on your way to work?

What’s bothering you most about your job?

So there you have it – your biggest retention weapon. If you don’t already have stay interviews in place, start now. You’ll be amazed at how well they go down with your employees. They’ll feel valued, wanted and – most importantly – human. And guess what? You’ll feel human too.

If you need a helping hand, we can ensure your stay interviews are structured correctly, with the right paperwork. But more importantly, we can also carry them out for you – sometimes employees will open up more to a third party. So, get in touch!

Send us an email to pick up the phone and call us: 0844 682 7488

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