When teams get busy, 1-on-1s meetings are often the first to get bumped from the calendar. These meetings can be uncomfortable or useless, so why even have them?
Individual meetings with your direct report can be extremely effective when done right. It allows you to build a stronger relationship with your team members, ensure you are all on the same page, and share ideas you might not have heard otherwise. It helps you keep a pulse on your team and motivate them to stay engaged.
“90 minutes of your time can enhance the quality of your subordinate’s work for 2 weeks, or for some 80+ hours.” – Andy Grove, former President and CEO at Intel
One-on-ones give your team members the space to share any personal issues that may be impacting the quality of their work. There isn’t a great time to share these things in our daily routine, so giving your team members the space to share this information can build trust and figure out how to help based on the circumstances.
This also gives you a chance to train and coach your employees. In our agenda above, we’ve included time to discuss performance and aspirations so you can help achieve the necessary goals while helping your team grow into new roles.