6 Benefits of One-on-One Meetings (1-on-1s)

One-on-one meetings are the single most valuable tactic practiced by successful CEOs, executives, and managers. When implemented correctly, these brief, weekly check-ins impact employee performance and their results in measurable ways. As a manager, they provide you with the opportunity to get to know your people exceptionally well so that you’ll have better access to unfiltered information. This will allow you to drive stellar results and increase performance across the entire organization.

Here are specific benefits of these 1-on-1 meetings that will drive stellar results:

1. They strengthen relationships between the manager and their team members

Your people – like anyone else – rely on the basic human need to feel validated. Sharing in face-to-face communication lets them know that their insights and concerns are appreciated and taken into consideration.

2. They improve productivity (they actually do NOT take up more time)

These unique meetings significantly boost productivity and cuts wasted time. What’s critical to note is that the amount of time you spend holding ad-hoc conversations with your employees, communicating by email, and tracking down crucial information will be condensed almost entirely. This brief 1-on-1 communication provides a high-level overview of current issues and progress.

3. You’ll build team loyalty

Employees will place a greater sense of trust in your leadership if you meet with them regularly for one-on-one meeting. Loyalty cannot be established through a drive-by relationship with your people, frequency and consistency are required.

4. It benefits everyone

Not only will you have the opportunity to discuss needs, goals, and expectations, but you’re also giving your directs an advantage by providing your undivided attention. Within this time, your employees are given a chance to relay their progress and receive clear direction for upcoming priorities.

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5. You can give feedback in a way that’s meaningful and personable

Providing feedback for your employees can be uncomfortable, but one-on-one meetings offer the ideal opportunity for letting your directs know how they’re doing, and what you expect from them moving forward – it doesn’t have to be more complicated than that.

6. You can check-in on goals/objectives and clearly align on progress and next actions to attain goals

It’s in this meeting where you can do the necessary regular and ongoing review of how the team member is performing to their objectives. It is here you can give specific feedback on the progress and where you can both discuss next actions to hit the objective.

In fact, one-on-one meetings are entirely uncomplicated, because they take the guesswork out of management. When you know your people well, you’ll be able to access unfiltered information that you can use to make informed, forward-thinking decisions to drive exceptional results.

If you are interested in improving your One on One meetings at your company, please check out our Atiim Pulse Report – we have a 30-day free trial. It helps executives and managers:

  • Track weekly progress towards your goals, without micromanaging your direct reports (One-on-Ones meetings)
  • Through bi-directional feedback learn of the bottlenecks and challenges your employees encounter.
  • Improve a manager’s effectiveness in One-on-One meetings with employees

Do you manage a company or teams (either as a CEO, a senior executive, a middle manager or even a front-line manager)? Do you set and track objectives? Does aligning employee performance to business goals matter, and are you responsible for driving results? If so, please check out a live demo of Atiim OKR & Goals Management Software and we’d love to hear what you think about it. Thank you!

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