by Jim Haudan
In a recent article, Marguerite Ward asked: if you looked at the co-worker sitting closest to you, would be able to say what his or her favorite food or hobby is?
Research shows that having meaningful work relationships pays off and leads to greater workplace satisfaction. Ward highlights three unusual questions that a Google exec is likely to ask an employee to get to know her or him better and create more meaningful connections. The questions - which can be asked at the start of a team meeting or as part of the small talk during the first round of drinks - are:
So, whether it's you're interviewing a prospective employee or onboarding a new member of the team, you should always start with questions that don't have exact right answers. Focus on how you can start an engaging conversation, versus conduct an intimidating interrogation.
Great questions encourage each of us to share more about ourselves and what we value most, and to listen with open ears and curiosity about our colleagues. In this mental space, people start to open up and you are able to build something authentic together.
Here are 20 open-ended questions I believe can be the key to turning any interview, ice breaker, team meeting or dinner conversation into a meaningful personal connection.