So, here at Kudos we thought we’d try something a little different about our semi-annual performance reviews.
We decided to try out the concept of stay interviews. Are you familiar? Stay interviews, as opposed to exit interviews (which I’m sure you’ve all heard of) aim to engage and retain your personnel by getting their thoughts, ideas and opinions while they are still employees, rather than when they’re on their way out. It’s a chance to engage in two-way conversation and feedback about the work they’re doing for you and the environment, culture and tasks of their everyday life at your company.
Typical Stay Interview questions could include:
In essence, stay interviews are a chance for you to gauge how engaged your employees are, and to hear directly from them on what’s working, what’s not, and any recommendations they have.
So, how did we do? We are happy to report that:
To succeed, make sure you set aside enough time to have a thorough conversation with the employee - I suggest at least an hour. Make sure you have a private location to hold the interview, so employees feel comfortable to share their thoughts. Have set, standard questions prepared and send the questions to employees ahead of time so they have a chance to think about their responses, but feel free to let the conversation flow naturally and probe where necessary. Lastly, take notes to refer back to year-to-year and to ensure that goals are set and achieved, and the changes employees would like to see are made.
If you’d like to learn more about stay interviews, there are a number of great resources online, or feel free to drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org, we’d be happy to help out!
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