45: Invest in Meaningful One-on-Ones

Your team members are your greatest resource. When they succeed, you succeed. Taking time to focus on each of them rather than the work can have exponential impact on employee engagement, quality of work, productivity, trust, and more. That is the power of One-on-Ones.

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Read the related blog article: Turbocharge Your Team Members with Meaningful One-on-Ones.

Key Takeaways:

  • One-on-Ones are a specific type of meeting that focuses on the employee rather than the work.
  • The manager’s role is to ask questions and support the team member to reflect honestly on their performance and areas of growth.
  • Spend time building your rapport at the start of the meeting. End the meeting with a recap of any decisions and next steps. Capture them in writing for future reference.
  • Focus on celebrating successes and offering praise, sharing critical feedback and planning for growth, and removing roadblocks or frustrations that are inhibiting the individual from doing their best work.
  • The manager reinforces and enhances the individual’s reflections by agreeing and adding additional thoughts.
  • Together you brainstorm and identify specific steps the individual will take to move forward on growth areas.
  • Always ask, “what might I do differently as your manger to better support you?”
  • There is no right frequency or length to these meetings. Most managers start with an hour per month per employee and adjust from there.

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