Effective One-on-One Meetings
Who should listen: Team leads and other managers who desire tips for one-on-one meeting with employees.
Key idea: How you plan and conduct one-on-one meetings will set the tone for how important these meetings are and whether they will be taken seriously.
In this week’s Silver Dollar episode, we’re talking about how to have productive one-on-one meetings with members of your team.
One-on-one meetings are perhaps the most important type of meeting you can have with team members, employees, contractors—essentially anyone you work closely with, supervise, and need to communicate with frequently. They are one of the few occasions when you can plan to spend uninterrupted time talking about what’s important to you and the other person.
The purpose of a one-on-one meeting can vary, but we believe the primary purpose is to help build trust between the parties. Trust, as you know, is fundamental to any relationship, and that includes the relationship between a supervisor and the people being supervised. Consequently, there are topics like current projects, expectations, and upcoming changes that are well suited to these meetings. Others conversations are better saved for a different type of meeting, such as an annual appraisal meeting or a performance feedback session.
As you listen, you’ll hear us discuss these 9 tips for one-on-one meeting with employees, how to execute each of them, and why each is important to the eventual success of your meetings and the relationship:
- Put one-on-one meetings on the calendar.
- Go into the meeting with a plan.
- Let the other person do the talking.
- Celebrate wins (even the small ones).
- Focus on the future.
- Specify desired results.
- Ask good questions.
- Share information with employees.
- Ask how you can help.
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