What is One-on-One (1:1) meeting?
In work-related environment one-on-one or 1:1 (commonly known as one-on-ones) refers to a private conversation between individual subordinates and their superior, in which work-related feedback is provided from one side to the another and vice versa.
Difference between performance review
1:1 are not classic performance reviews, like all of us know.
Even though performance on the workplace is discussed on 1:1s, this happening is a place for a subordinate and also for their superior to discuss all of the work-related matters the both parties have on mind. Be it performance, feelings and even goals and aspirations.
Usually 1:1 meeting consists of a set of questions, that are asked to subordinates to answer, some of them may include:
- If you were having the best work day ever in your ideal role, what would your schedule look like?
- Where do you get your job satisfaction from?
- Where have you been most successful in the past?
- What are your long-term goals? What skills do you need to achieve them?
- What obstacles will you need to overcome to achieve these goals?
- How do you view yourself in your current role?
What are benefits of conducting 1:1 in my team?
Some of the main benefits include:
- they strengthen the relationships between subordinates and their direct supervisor
- they improve productivity by removing road blocks on either sides
- they help improve team loyalty and by doing so improving loyalty to the organisation
- they deliver meaningful and personalised feedback
How to start conducting 1:1 meeting in my teams?
- Start by allocating time in regular intervals (monthly a quarterly) to schedule 1:1 meeting in your calendar
- prepare questions you will ask people in your team
- let your team know you’re improving team companionship by implementing 1:1 in your organisation
- start your first 1:1 meeting as soon as you can
- after all of your 1:1 are finished, try to sit down and look at the answers carefully, so you can spot what is really going in your team