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According to a post by Axero Solutions, a “stay interview” is an effective way of communicating with your employees. We’re all pretty familiar with traditional interviewing, whether we’re on the interviewee or interviewer side.  It’s also a form of public speaking.

Axero Solutions referred to a stay interview as a form of finding out what keeps someone in their job.  That’s why I refer to this as a twist.  We’ve come to think of interviewing as a way to bring someone new on board, but this offers a whole new approach!  When you think about the importance of communication in the workplace why not find out what’s working well with existing staff?

It may be helpful to take notes so you can write down important or new ideas.  You may opt to share some of this information either at a staff meeting or in a newsletter (with the permission of the employee).  One way to get to the heart of this would be by asking the right questions such as:

  1. What do you like most about your job?
  2. What are you currently working on?
  3. How do you feel you are contributing to the company goal?
  4. What aspects of your job are motivating for you?
  5. How do you communicate with other members of your team?
  6. Who do feel is your role model?
  7. What is something you’d like to share about yourself with others?
  8. Where do you see yourself headed professionally?

We’re all too familiar with having employees leave their job and possibly participating in an exit interview.  The concept of a stay interview, as identified by Axero Solutions, is a phenomenal way of getting in touch with the positive side and finding out what is working well.  That’s a twist.  If we focus on this part of communicating we’re connecting on a valuable level.  It certainly makes a statement to our staff and may be what keeps them from looking outside your company for another job.

Think about this twist on interviewing and see what you learn.  As always, I’m here to review this and can be reached at 518-664-6004 or dale@profitablespeech.com

Can’t wait to hear from you.