Employee meetings are a necessary aspect of management yet most managers avoid them at all costs. This leads to only confronting employees when situations can no longer be ignored. This creates a culture of resentment in your office rather than cooperation. Instead, consider having regular one-on-one meetings with your staff to discuss both the good and the bad. To get you started, here are the top four talking points for your face to face meetings.
- What went well this week and what could have gone better? The opening of this question allows your employee to describe the accomplishments for the week that they are happy with. Positive encouragement is equally as important as correcting behaviors that need improvement. However, this also opens the door to discuss those corrections. It will also give the employee to let you know what they see as challenges in their job.
- On a scale of 1 to 10 how would you rate your happiness? An unhappy employee is not a productive employee. Ask them point blank how happy there are in their job. Rating it on a scale of 1 to 10 can give you both a concrete example to start with and you can explore the details from there.
- How do you see your happiness affecting your work this week? Your employees want to know that you care about them as individual people not just as machines that do a job. Their home life affects their work life and vice versa. If there are things beyond the employee’s control that is affecting their happiness and their ability to consecrate on their job, you may be able to provide some additional support.
- What would it take to rate your happiness at 10? Your employee also wants to know that you believe in them and want to provide the tools for success. Ask them what they need to be happy, not just what they need to complete the job. Success is a sum of many parts and happiness is just one of them. Help your employees see how they can be both productive and happy in their jobs.
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