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A Step-By-Step Guide To Better One-On-Ones

None of the things you talk about in one on ones matter if you don’t follow through and take action on them. These two questions will ensure you always follow through with the important things you discuss in your one on ones:What can I hold you accountable for next time we talk?What can I be accountable to you for the next time we talk?

A one-on-one is exactly what its name sounds like. An employee and their manager having a private, one-on-one discussion about whatever is on the employee’s mind.

An important thing to note: This is not a status update meeting. Don’t treat it as such. There are plenty of other opportunities to check up on work progress. This is a discussion to make sure the employee is happy.

These types of meetings can be tough, especially for new managers if they have no idea how to handle this. Here are a few tips to make sure you’re having the most effective one-on-one.

An important thing to note: This is not a status update meeting. Don’t treat it as such. There are plenty of other opportunities to check up on work progress. This is a discussion to make sure the employee is happy.

The key to a good one-on-one meeting is the understanding that it is the employee’s meeting rather than the manager’s meeting. This is the free-form meeting for all the pressing issues, brilliant ideas and chronic frustrations that do not fit neatly into status reports, email and other less personal and intimate mechanisms. -Ben Horowitz

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