A powerful tool managers and owners can use to invest in your employees is the short weekly meeting, also known as the one-on-one. If you haven’t heard of the one-on-one, read on. If you haven’t utilized this powerful tool, consider adding it to your schedule this week.

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Image courtesy of Ambro /

Between evaluations (you are doing those every six months, right!?), managers should be communicating with their employees by performing weekly one-on-one meetings. There are a number of ways managers can ensure they are doing everything possible to keep their employees and colleagues happy and  productive. Many times this only requires a good discussion and reassessment of goals. Each week you should devote a half hour to an hour of your time to these meetings.


One-on-ones are a great management tool and not only help you establish what kind of manager you need to be, but they also establish the lines of communication with your team. The one-on-ones are meant to be an opportunity for open communication where goals, complaints, and praises are heard and resolved. This is the time to learn about the needs of the employees and the organization. We created a form for our clients,which you can access here: One_on_ones. One of the elements we stress is to ask open-ended questions. Here are some examples:

  • What is something that would help you do your job better?
  • What can I do to help you achieve your goals in the company?
  • What could I be doing better as a manager?
  • Who do you admire in this office?
  • Who do you talk to when you have questions about work?
  • What’s the biggest opportunity that we are missing out on?
  • What are we not doing that we should be doing?
  • Are you excited about your job right now?

Can you imagine the opportunities this sort of feedback could open for your business? Schedule a one-on-one with someone on your team this week. It could be with someone who needs a little direction or someone who deserves some long overdue praise. Whatever the case, implement this weekly meeting and see for yourself how effective they can be.

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