Checking in with direct reports can be perceived as a large use of time for little quality value. However, I have previously written that regular check-ins are vital to employee motivation. Rather than blocking 30 or 60 minutes, a 15-minute meeting will hit the spot. With 15 minutes, you must be focused and get deep fast. Here are four starter questions that are totally focused on you, the manager, getting the most actionable information possible:
- On a scale of 1-5, this last week I used my strengths everyday.
- On a scale of 1-5, I added outstanding value
- These are my priorities for the week….
- This is the help I need from you…. (employee says to manager)
Can you imagine the power of these questions if the employee knew that these were your top priorities?