Veronica Brundle - May 19 2022, 10:22:00 AM
Are you struggling to come up with effective check-in questions for your team meetings? It’s easy to end up defaulting to general questions, like, “How are things going?” But those will often lead to a vague response.
Good check-in questions will give you useful information about what your team members are working on, what obstacles they’re facing, and how they’re feeling about their role at the company in general.
Here are some effective check-in questions to try out in your next team meeting. We’ve split them into different categories so you can easily find check-in questions for daily stand-ups, bigger team meetings, and even one-on-ones with your team members.
If you’ve not come across stand-up meetings before, they’re commonly used in the tech industry. You might have also heard them called a daily scrum or huddle. They involve a very short team meeting in the morning, usually first thing.
Three classic stand-up questions are:
You may prefer to phrase these in a slightly different way, but they should cover the same ground. The idea is that they take just a few seconds to answer, and any obstacles to progress are quickly brought to light and dealt with.
Other questions you might want to add to your stand-up include:
Don’t go over the top, though; adding one or two questions should be plenty.
Many teams have a regular weekly meeting, often on Mondays, to go through projects and update team members on progress. You don’t want the meeting to drag on forever so you need quick and effective check-in questions that alert you to any problems and help the team work more efficiently together.
These questions are fun, but they can also give you some really useful insights into workplace changes your team might find helpful:
You may also want some check-in questions for one-on-one meetings with team members. These are a great opportunity to open up the conversation and get your employees to talk about what’s really on their minds:
These check-in questions dig a bit deeper. They can open up a great conversation, but be aware that some employees may feel uncomfortable or uncertain about answering these. It’s important to make sure your team knows they can be honest without fear of repercussions. You may want to ask these in smaller groups than usual or even in one-on-ones:
Whatever check-in questions you’re using, try varying them from time to time. You might find it opens up a better conversation, brings to light a more efficient way of working, or helps colleagues to form a closer bond.
Originally published at May 19 2022, 10:22:00 AM. Updated on Sep 27 2022.