As the annual performance review goes the way of the VCR and organizations shift to ongoing performance management, the humble 1:1 meeting is taking its turn in the spotlight. Your organization may have already made this shift, and now a fresh, new 1:1 meeting is taking up space on your calendar.
The problem? Not many organizations are actually telling us why 1:1 meetings matter. They aren’t showing us how to structure them with the help of useful, real-world agendas.
If we’re managers, we may not know how to use these meetings to help our employees with their career development and learning aspirations. As employees, we may be confused. What is the point of these meetings, and how should I prepare?
Here’s what you’ll learn from the eBook:
- Why good managers ask “stay” interview questions of their current employees
- How employees can schedule 1:1 meetings even if their manager won’t
- Why coaching employees regularly can lead to better outcomes, nipping problems before they get out of control
- What one question employees should never ask themselves
Enjoy a quick except for managers:
Managers Toolbox: 10 insightful questions you need to ask
Even with the best of intentions, sometimes 1:1 meetings can get a little dry. Here are some smart questions to help engage employees in a future-focused discussion about their performance and career development.
- What motivates you at work?
- What excites you most about your work?
- What skills do you get to use most?
- What skills aren't you using often enough?
- Think back to your last three projects: What is the one thing you would do differently next time?
- What is preventing you from doing your job as well as you’d like?
- What knowledge areas or skills you’d like to develop to help you be more effective?
- What is one thing I could do to better support you?
- What contributes to your happiness at work?
- What kinds of things do you enjoy outside of work to manage stress?
You don’t need to ask all of these questions all of the time, but you should be asking at least some of these questions some of the time.