• James Walton

Three Questions to Ask a High Potential Employee

Exit interviews attempt to capture why someone left the organization.

Stay interviews attempt to capture why someone remains with the organization.

As a general rule, doing more stay interviews results in doing fewer exit interviews.

So what might you ask a high potential employee you want to continue to invest in? Here are three suggestions:

  1. What is the quality of the relationships you have fostered? The research on employee engagement suggests that having a best friend at work is a significant driver of engagement.

  2. What are your aspirations for the future and your career trajectory? An employee who feels stuck or plateaued in their role is far more like to move on.

  3. How can I help you? There's never a bad time to ask this question. Demonstrating genuine servant leadership helps create a culture that employee can thrive in.

What other questions would you add to this list?


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