Make the goals of these meetings explicit so that employees and managers understand exactly what they can get out of them.
Here's a link to our 1:1 handbook.
With ready-to-use questions to use on the go.
If you're just reporting work and staying on the surface, it's a missed opportunity.
Very often, people waste most of the 1:1s potential. You might make a little agenda, and then give some updates, some light feedback, and share some complaints. It’s helpful and valuable and nice. But, ask yourself: is the conversation hard? Are you a little nervous or unsure how to get out what you’re trying to say? Is it awkward?
Because if it’s not a bit awkward, you’re not talking about the real stuff."
Mark Rabkin, The Art of the Awkward 1:1
VP Ads & Business Platform @ Facebook
Especially as a manager. Unless there's an emergency, keep a regular schedule and come prepared. Make it clear you value this time together, and look forward to it.