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Top 50 Check-In Questions for the Workplace

Veronica Brundle - Apr 12 2022, 12:39:27 PM

The unfortunate truth is we all get busy and start to forget just how important effective communication is in the workplace. Between completing project deadlines and attending meetings during a seemingly chaotic workweek, it’s important to remember we need to check in with employees to ensure everything is running as smoothly as we think it is.

This is especially true for a virtual workforce since the lines of work and home life often blur. Taking the time to ensure they are happy with their role at your company and always looking for ways to improve can provide a more fruitful experience for everyone.

That’s where check-in questions come in.

According to Salesforce, 86% of employees and executives cite ineffective communication as the top reason for workplace failures. One of the most effective ways to prevent these failures from happening is by prioritizing corporate communication with check-in questions.

Here, we outline all you need to know about check-in questions.

What are check-in questions?

Simply put, check-in questions can be used to help unveil what is and isn’t working in the workplace. They are great tools that can help guide one-on-one meetings, gauge employee satisfaction, and improve the workplace environment for everyone.

Think of check-in questions as a survey but with a more in-depth response from your team members. Rather than sending out the questions ahead of time, you’ll want to use them to guide your in-person conversations or Zoom meetings. You’ll want to plan to use at least two to five questions to provide a clear understanding of the workplace experience you’re currently providing your employees.

Why check-in questions are important

At the end of the day, employees want to feel recognized and heard for their contributions and concerns. They want to know that you care about their experience and make the workplace a better place for everyone. If they don’t feel like their needs are being met, it could lead to resentment or high turnover, and those are both easier to prevent than they are to fix.

Here’s a list of 50 check-in questions to help you get started.

50 check-in questions for the workplace

  1. Is there anything you need that can help make your job easier?
  2. How are you feeling about your current position?
  3. What can management do to make the workplace experience better for you?
  4. Do you feel like we provide enough engagement opportunities? What can we do to make the experience better for you?
  5. Even though we work remotely, are you able to connect with your coworkers?
  6. If you could change one thing about your current position, what would it be?
  7. Is there anything we can do that will help your team succeed?
  8. How are you feeling about the remote-work environment?
  9. What are some of your biggest challenges at work?
  10. Do you feel like you’re being challenged daily?
  11. What would you like to see more of from management?
  12. What types of tasks typically take most of your time?
  13. What tools do you need to be successful in the workplace?
  14. Do you have a strong connection with your coworkers?
  15. Do you feel like it’s easy to go to someone for help when you need it?
  16. How is your relationship with your manager?
  17. How is your relationship with your other team members?
  18. Have there been any challenges you faced while onboarding?
  19. Was onboarding to a remote workforce easy? What do you think was missing?
  20. How would you describe your role with our company?
  21. Is there anything you need help with?
  22. What advice do you have for us to help improve the onboarding experience for new employees?
  23. How can we improve the workplace experience for you?
  24. Do you feel well equipped to handle your job?
  25. What are some of your future goals for your career? How can we help you get there?
  26. Who do you spend the most time talking to throughout the week?
  27. Who has helped you the most when first starting?
  28. Have you learned anything new since your last check-in?
  29. Is there anything you’re currently struggling with at work?
  30. Do you feel like you and your team members are on the same page for projects?
  31. Is there anything you’re feeling positive about lately?
  32. Is there anything you’re feeling negative about lately?
  33. Are you experiencing burnout in the workplace?
  34. What can we do as a company to help prevent burnout?
  35. Are you happy with the workplace setup?
  36. Do you feel like you have a good work/life balance?
  37. Can you share a list of your top priorities for this week or this month?
  38. How are the one-on-one meetings going with your manager? Is there anything you would change?
  39. Do you feel like you have all the resources needed for a remote-work setup?
  40. What type of employee-centric events interest you the most?
  41. What do you think management can do more of?
  42. Would you be interested in more virtual events? Why or why not?
  43. How do you communicate with your coworkers throughout the day? Email, chat, video?
  44. If you could change one thing about this company, what would it be?
  45. Would you say you have a connection with your team members? How would you rate the connection?
  46. Is there anything you feel stressed about recently?
  47. Do you feel recognized for your contributions?
  48. Do you know the value you provide to the team?
  49. What is your proudest achievement in your career or at this company?
  50. What skills have you learned from your other team members that have helped you be more successful?

How to improve the workplace experience with check-in questions

Whether you have a hybrid or fully remote team, managing a workplace is never easy. If you’re ready to upgrade your experience and look for ways to make improvements, check-in questions are a great place to start. They show your team members you care about their needs and want to make changes to the workplace. Taking the time to notice their individual needs will pay off in the long run and create a more advantageous experience for each individual.

Once you’ve gathered all the feedback from your check-in questions, consider planning a virtual event to help enhance employee engagement and communication among team members. Sometimes, we often forget we need to develop a real relationship with our team members to ensure they are effectively working together on projects. The connections derived from virtual events can help foster connections among team members, an integral part of any workplace environment that helps increase productivity and quality of work.

Start by browsing our list of virtual experiences to find one your team members will enjoy. When you book with Elevent, you can rest assured knowing every aspect of your event will be planned and handled by our team so you can join in on the fun and grow a relationship with your team members, too!

Bottom line: The secret to a productive workplace is communication. If you start to prioritize communication in the workplace, you and your team members will be able to experience the benefits for yourself.

Originally published at Apr 12 2022, 12:39:27 PM. Updated on Sep 30 2022.

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