Tips for more effective one-on-ones

We’re just over halfway through 2019. At my organization – and I’m sure at many of yours, too – our managers are holding midyear reviews with their team members to see how things are going.

Part of the reason for these check-ins is to see how employees are progressing on their annual goals. As I’ve previously written, our goal-setting process at NAFCU emphasizes measurability to see how far you’ve come and to set the company and individual up for growth and success. Why? Because when your employees succeed, your company succeeds.

But leadership is about more than just business. An effective leader builds relationships and demonstrates that they care. I came across this post from Charlie Buckland, a learning and development expert, about how to have more effective one-on-one meetings. His tips are great to consider during midyear reviews.

  1. Only speak business if you have time. If one of your employees is struggling with a project or task, they aren’t going to wait until their midyear review to bring it up. And they shouldn’t – managers need to be approachable for work-related problems on a regular basis. One-on-ones should be more meaningful than daily status check-ins.


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