Although one on one meetings with your managers should be a power for good, they can often have a net null effect, or worse… a negative effect! If you need help adopt and adapt some of our templates to help out!
The one on one meeting is still an important stalwart in management. One on one meetings are akin to a forum group between a manager and an employee, in which they can discuss performance, improvements, suggestions and any queries either of them may have. For both managers and employees, one on one meetings can provide imperative benefits to help drive ongoing development and performance.We bring you some useful one on one meeting templates that will help you make the most of the discussion.
For managers, one on one meetings serve a dual purpose. On one hand, they provide an opportunity to ask strategic questions to gain valuable insight. On the other hand, they provide an opportunity to build rapport with an employee and show to them they are a valued member of the team; helping to build engagement and a culture of appreciation.
For employees, they offer a platform to gain a better understanding of your manager’s expectations, air any concerns you may have or get extra advice or coaching. A lot of employees are afraid of having one on one’s or having a bad one on one meeting. But done right, they can set you apart from the rest of the team, give you greater visibility into your managers current view of your performance and development, and kick you into the right direction for improvements. They can provide you with ideas on how to complete your goals and guide you in career development.
Although one on one meetings with your managers should be a power for good, they can often have a net null effect, or worse… a negative effect! Here are some signs of what a bad one on one look like:
For more examples of what constitutes a good, a bad and a null one on one meeting, check out this blog.
One on ones are a vital part of an effective performance management process. They are one of the most valuable tools management have in their belt, and they can help you too achieve a number of benefits if done properly:
Check out some of these example one on one meeting templates that we have created to help you devise the most effective one on one meeting possible. Adopt and adapt the template that you think best fits your organization.
Here are some questions and discussion topics which you can use in your one on one meetings. Topics range from conversational (to build relationships), to more in-depth questions about strategy:
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