Getting enough time to your employees might be hard for any leader. A smart way to make sure you give them attention is to establish a monthly speed chat.
J. David Zacko-Smith @CatalyzedLeader
@FrodeHeimen But authentic relationships, crucial to #leadership, can’t be developed through “speed chats”!
I tried to keep it short – but I can’t so I won’t – This is how it goes:
- Book 5-10 minutes with each employee once per month.
- Ask: On a scale from 1-10 – how well are you doing?
- Ask: On a scale from 1-10 – how happy are you at work?
- Keep it on 1-10 – scale questions. No more than 3 or 4.
The positive lift.
If someone answer 7 – ask this: Why did you not say 5? The answer will be a positive focus: Because the coffee is perfect and so on..
The insight twist.
You said 7 – what can you do to get this up to 8 the next time we talk? Give them the accountability and freedom to go to 8 or 9.
The “dark side”
0-3 – You can pull a cramped positive lift, Why did you not say 0. But this is the warning signs. These low scorers – needs extra attention, so if you have a few hours for coaching – get them in it.
“I want to discuss this further, is it ok that we talk one on one about this at the [set date and time] for an hour?” and keep the speed chat short.
Now you have a window to let them know that you notice what they do. Give them a line of appreciation if you know one. Do not make it up. Skip it if you can’t put your heart to it.
The open faucet.
The reminder of the time is theirs. Let them talk about whatever they feel like.
There you go a powerful speed chat to ensure that your staff is happy and work against goals.
@CatalyzedLeader – of course spending more time, eating lunch with, talking to them when you can is crucial – this speedchat is a systematic approach to focus your staff on their own happiness at work. And it is a nice way to screen who needs more love from you too. It treats everybody equal and your staff will really love this short coffee break with you.