Conducting a successful manager one on one meeting can set you apart from the rest of the team and put you on the right trajectory to achieve your goals.
A lot of employees are afraid of having a one on one (1on1s) meeting with their manager, and instead try to avoide them. That is the wrong way to think about 1on1s.
Done right it can set you apart from the rest of the team and can give you greater visibility on your manager's view about the performance. You can walk away from your one on one meeting with your manager with ideas on how to complete your goals and key information on how to get promoted. Obviously there is another side to one on one meetings as they can go terribly wrong. That is the case primarily when managers don't dedicate any time to their employees resulting in showing up in the meeting not prepared. That is a common reason why employees try to avoid the meeting.
You can easily tell when the meeting with your manager is going bad, here are the most common indicators:
It is not hard for a 1on1 meeting to be great, but it requires effort from both sides. The observations below indicate what a good 1on1 should look like:
We have covered the good and bad 1on1s but there is another outcome that needs to be considered concrening one-on-one meetings, the 'ugly':
If your meeting lands on this category you have to escalate the problems to your manager or your manager's manager right away.