Do you know how your employees feel about their jobs? Checking in with your team about their satisfaction can help you retain them. Book a recurring appointment every month or quarter to ask your direct reports whether they are happy at work and what you can do to make them happier. Don’t wait for the annual review to have this conversation, and don’t assume that you have all the information you need if you’ve asked once—circumstances change over time and feelings can evolve accordingly.
These simple questions not only show your team that they have your support, but can boost their job performance and the fulfillment they get from it. Maintain open lines of communication so that you can address issues before they become full-blown problems.
Adapted from “Go Ahead: Ask Your Employees If They’re Happy,” by Allison Rimm.