How well do you know the people you work with every day? If you’re the type of manager who doesn’t talk to your employees that often, chances are your employees haven’t formed a strong bond with you. The better the bond you have with your team, the happier they’ll be showing up to work each day. With that in mind, here are 20 questions you can ask your staff to get to know them better:
1. Who inspires you?
An honest answer should reveal some crucial details about your employee.
2. What was the best concert you ever went to?
You might find out you have the same taste in music. Even better, you might have even been at the same show.
3. Where’s your favorite place in the world?
This question should help you glean insight into your employee’s travel habits. You might even get convinced to visit a new place yourself.
4. If you could be any animal, which would you be?
Stay away from the lions. Nurture the bunny rabbits.
5. What’s the last book you read?
You may discover you’re both obsessed with the same obscure author. That’s a connection that can’t be shattered.
6. What are you passionate about?
Their answer could change the way you think about them in the organization. Maybe a salesperson, for example, is really passionate about graphic design. You won’t know until you ask.
7. What’s your favorite movie?
A comedy? A drama? A horror movie? Ask them why they like their favorite movie. Get to know them on a human level.
8. What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
Find out whether you’re still the craziest person in the office — or whether you should do your best to avoid one of your employees.
9. What are you currently watching on Netflix?
Save yourself some time. Let your employees tell you what you should binge watch this weekend.
10. What’s the coolest thing you’re working on right now?
It’s a great way to become aware of how your entire team spends their time at work.
11. Who would you most like to swap places with for a day?
Will it be a celebrity? A family member? An animal? The question is a great conversation starter at the very least.
12. What’s the best meal you ever had?
Just don’t ask before you’ve eaten lunch.
13. If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?
Maybe you’ve never heard of the place before. Once the conversation is over, head to Wikipedia and begin planning a trip of your own.
14. What are some of your pet peeves?
Your employees might tell you they hate the phrase “case of the Mondays.” Go back to the drawing board and think of another way to say it.
15. What’s your secret talent that no one knows about?
If you find out a worker is a virtuoso guitar player, ask them to serenade the staff on a Friday afternoon (if they're up for it).
16. Which four individuals, living or dead, would you like to eat dinner with the most?
It’s a classic question that should give you a clear look into your employees’ personalities.
17. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
Once you have their answer, search the web diligently to learn what their personality color means. Manage them accordingly.
18. What’s the most helpful way for you to get feedback?
Everyone works differently. Some folks like receiving negative feedback so they can improve. Others are more fragile. Learn how to approach your staff most effectively.
19. What is your favorite family tradition?
Who knows? You may even get inspired to launch a similar company-specific tradition.
20. Who is your least favorite superhero?
Asking people which superhero they’d like to be for a day is overrated.
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