“What do you do,” is a beautiful way to tell people what they shouldn’t be doing.
Most people don’t love their work, and those who do, will have it evident on their faces. So you needn’t ask them anyway.
Instead, create an environment for them where they are ready to open up. For example, “what keeps you happy,” or “what’s something interesting about you that makes you happily weird?”
Our job, as human beings, is not to go to the roots of “human doings”. Our job, is rather to bring out the “being” in every doing.
So, what do you do?