What do you talk about in 1:1's?
Saw this question come up a few times recently in conversations. What do you talk about in 1:1's? How do you make best use of it?
Some tips I've gathered:
- Having a clear agenda for the meeting and being prepared is important for making the 1:1s successful. Some of the questions that people suggest asking include: how the person is doing, what skills they are trying to improve, how the manager or company can help with skill improvement, and whether the person's responsibilities align with their personal goals.
- Some people find value in discussing pending organizational changes, strategic initiatives, and personal/professional gripes.
- It's okay to skip 1:1s if there's nothing to talk about. It's more important to have a standing meeting that can be used to bring up "serious things" when necessary.
- Some people find the 1:1 to be a good opportunity to discuss what they are working on, blockers, etc.
- There are different opinions on whether 1:1s are the right time to discuss updates that could also be covered in a daily/biweekly/weekly check-ins. Some people think that these updates do not warrant a 1-on-1, while others find it easier to discuss them in person rather than over email.