Hiring Wisdom: Smart Managers Make Sure They Learn From Their Employees

What did you learn from your employees last week?

If your answer is “Not a thing,” you must not be asking any questions — and that’s the biggest mistake a manager can make.

Your people are the ones in the trenches and they know exactly what’s going on, but they’re not going to tell you unless you ask.

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What managers should be asking

Here are some suggested questions a manager can ask employees to elicit actionable information:

  • What can I do to make your job easier?
  • If we were to change the way we ____________, how do you think we should go about it?
  • Why do you think we missed our target for ______ last month?
  • If we were given a bigger budget, where would you invest that money?

This was originally published on Mel Kleiman’s Humetrics blog.

Mel Kleiman, CSP, is an internationally-known authority on recruiting, selecting, and hiring hourly employees. He has been the president of Humetrics since 1976 and has over 30 years of practical experience, research, consulting and professional speaking work to his credit. Contact him at mkleiman@humetrics.com.


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