Some of the best leaders have one-to-ones with their team members every week or every month at a minimum, whether that be over lunch, whilst taking a walk or even travelling to a meeting.
One-on-ones don’t need to be formal, but they are vital for the development of each member of your team and it should be clear to those involved that you are having a one-on-one so that you get the most out of the time you have.
We’ve highlighted some dos and don’ts to help you make the most of these meetings.
The dos and don’ts
- Provide a welcoming space for them to raise complaints or discuss problems.
- Show genuine interest in their career development needs and interests
- Create an action list to follow up on after the meeting.
- Give constructive feedback
- Allow them to provide feedback on your management
- Postpone or cancel meetings, as this can give a bad impression
- Limit time
- Spend the whole meeting talking at your employee