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Regular one-on-one conversations support employee growth

In our last video tip in our ongoing series on developing and growing employees, I said that it was critical to offer constructive feedback to your people.  Key to continued employee growth though is that this constructive feedback be frequent and consistent.  So today’s strategy for employee growth builds on the last tip.  It is to schedule regular one-on-one conversations with each of your staff members.

Schedule regular one-on-one conversations with your staff

When thinking about regular one-on-one conversations with each of your direct reports, there are two things you need to consider – frequency and content.  So let me address each one separately.

How often?

First, frequency.  The answer is: it depends.  It depends on the nature of your business, the number of direct reports you have, and their level of seniority.

Some client organizations I work with are as frequent as daily, which makes sense for their company, but at minimum though, you should be having scheduled one-on-one conversations at least once a month.  If you’re not sure, err on the side of more frequently, you can dial them back once you get a rhythm going.


Which takes me to the second consideration – what should you talk about in these one-on-ones in order to maximize employee growth and development?

Here is a great format I recommend to many of my mentoring clients:

  • An update on all action items and outstanding items from the last meeting.
  • One success that has happened (and that the employee is particularly proud of) since the last meeting.
  • Any current issues or concerns
  • Any foreseeable issues or concerns – what is on the horizon?
  • Progress in and new opportunities for employee professional development.
  • A recap and agreement on action items from this meeting

If you are committed to employee growth and development, then making a commitment to meet regularly one-on-one with your staff is vital.  It’s an investment of time, but one that reaps great dividends.  Are you doing this?  If so, tell us about it.  And if not, please tell us why.

This is video strategy #11 in our ongoing series.  Previous video blogs in this series on developing and growing your employees were:

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