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Forget Exit Interviews

People walking in an open field with doors.

With quiet quitting and the Great Resignation still top of mind for many organizations in the new year, a recent social media post by the well-known organizational psychologist, Adam Grant, provided a simple, but highly effective strategy for helping organization build thriving cultures.

Rather than focusing on exit interviews to gather information on why people are leaving and retroactively fix workplace issues, Adam suggests entry and stay interviews to avoid the loss of people in the first place.

Makes sense, right?

For people entering your organization, Adam suggests asking questions like:

  1. Why are you here?

  2. What are you hoping to learn?

  3. What are some of the best projects you’ve worked on?

  4. Tell me about the worst boss you’ve ever had.

The goal is to gather enough information so you can create the best working conditions for that person and avoid anything that might give them cause to leave.

For current employees, the goal is to ensure you are keeping the workplace somewhere they want to continue working. Adam recommends questions like:

  1. What has been the defining highlight of your experience here?

  2. What have been the lowlights?

  3. If you’ve thought of quitting, what made you consider it?

  4. How do we make sure that doesn’t happen again?

These conversations provide you with the insight you need to build an engaged workplace without the guesswork. Don’t wait until people are walking out the door before you start a conversation.



Fight workplace zombies in your organization and join Team Human! Gather a group of fellow workplace zombie hunters to discuss our most recent blog post. Use the questions below to kick start your conversation.

  1. Start a conversation with your team today. Choose three questions from the ones above that work for your team and get talking.


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