Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Getting the Most Out of Your 1-on-1 Meetings

For many managers, the classic 1 on 1 employee meeting can be an unpleasant experience. More often than not, these meetings occur as a result of issues or errors related to a particular employee that need to be addressed. While it is true that people make mistakes and they do need to be corrected, few managers want to deal with what can be an uncomfortable yet necessary meeting.

However, there are ways to get the most out of these meetings and ensure that they are productive, helpful interactions. The next time you need to conduct a 1-on-1 meeting, consider employing the following methods:

Schedule the Meeting Ahead of Time

Have you ever worked for a supervisor before that would call you into his office without warning for a meeting that would last almost an hour? If you have, then you know quite well how disruptive these impromptu meetings can be. 

When you need to meet with an employee, always schedule the meeting ahead of time if possible. While emergency situations will always require an immediate discussion, most meetings can wait at least a few hours until when both you and your employee are freely available to discuss things.

Encourage Bringing Questions or Other Topics to the Meeting

Although you may be meeting to discuss a certain topic, you should consider encouraging your employee to bring his or her own topics and talking points to the meeting. Doing this not only allows you and your employee to better leverage your time and get more accomplished, but it also helps keep the tone light and the meeting organized.

Try to have about 2 or 3 topics to discuss aside from the main matter at hand. If you find you need more time to discuss those topics, then schedule another meeting at a later date.
Have Follow-Up Meetings

Once you’ve wrapped up your meeting, you should hold follow-up meetings when you deem necessary. This can help you not only monitor projects your employee is working on, but also keep an eye on trouble employees and see if they are meeting personal goals and deadlines.

With these practices in mind, you can hold 1-on-1 meetings that are productive, upbeat, and allow you to set up for future success. All it takes is being conscious of how you approach your employee.

Should you find that your 1-on-1 meetings aren’t conveying the message to trouble employees, then it may be time to turn to a professional staffing agency. If so, then contact us at J & J Staffing Resources today. We can help you find the right employee for the job at hand.

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