When beginning a conversation, we are accustomed to ask:
"how are you?"
There's no doubt that many of us ask that very question multiple times a day. When on the receiving end of that question, you now have two options which are to answer truthfully or give the standard:
"good and you?"
What information are we really obtaining with that vague question? Could we begin to ask better questions not only in the workplace but at home too? At the most recent Wellness Council of Wisconsin Conference, Zach Mercurio, PhD provided attendees with better questions to ask.
No more "How are you?"
Try asking these six questions instead:
- What has your attention right now?
- What kind of day have you had?
- What do you need help with today? How can I help?
- What's been most meaningful to you today?
- Who did you help and who helped you?
By asking better questions, you will begin to have more insight into your co-workers and families day and start having meaningful conversations. Hopefully, you will try testing these out immediately--team meetings is the perfect place to do so!
Lastly, while asking better questions, Zach Mercurio, PhD also emphasized the importance of creating mattering. Follow the NAN points from him below too!
If you are interested in discussing wellness programming further please reach out to our Strategic Wellbeing Consultant, Taylor Hahn.