4 reasons why you should talk to your staff in the lift | BrightHR

Riding the work lift doesn’t have to be awkward. Here are four reasons to chat to your staff on ‘talk in an elevator day’.

First published on Thursday, Aug 13, 2020

Last updated on Wednesday, Jul 18, 2018

3 min read

Never heard of ‘talk in an elevator day’? We hadn’t either until a few years ago.

But that’s always how it starts.

You roll your eyes at the thought of it. And then you’re queuing outside Tesco for the Black Friday sale at 5am, or sat glued to your laptop on Cyber Monday.

Who knows, ‘talk in an elevator day’ could be the next American phenomenon to make it across the pond.

So get ahead of the crowd and learn four reasons why you shouldn’t ignore your staff in the lift.

  1. Get to know your staff

You work with your staff every day. But what do you really know about them?

Take the 60 seconds you’re in the lift together to find out more. 

Ask them what they did in the evening or where they’re going at the weekend. These questions aren’t too personal and will help you to find out what makes them tick.

  1. Welcome new starters

It can be hard to give new starters the attention that they deserve. After all, you’ve got a ‘to-do’ list as long as your arm and not enough hours in the day to complete it.

That’s why you should take the time to check in with new recruits to see how they’re getting on.  Your brief chat could be just what they need to feel at home.

  1. Catch up with returning staff

Spotted an employee that you’ve not seen in a while? Your morning ride in the lift could be the perfect time to check in with someone who’s been off sick or on maternity leave. 

It wouldn’t be wise to discuss personal matters in a lift full of people ear-wigging. But if it’s only the two of you, ask them how they’re getting on.

This will show them that you care about their wellbeing. Plus, it’ll make you aware of any problems they’ve had since returning. 

  1. Headhunt for new talent

If your building hosts lots of other companies, your daily ride in the lift could be the perfect time to headhunt. But don’t make it too obvious.

Simply ask people where they work and what they do. And you might find the perfect candidate for a role at your company.

So next time you’re in the lift feeling groggy, look up from your morning coffee and chat to your staff—you could make a new friend, help a new starter or make a new business contact.

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