WANT A ROCK STAR TEAM?- Deploy the Power of the One on One.

Have you heard the term “Happy Wife, Happy Life?” On a personal level, there’s likely some truth to that. What about on the business front? The same goes for your team - Happy People Make For A Happy Bottom Line.

Whether you outsource some roles, or employ people direct, you cannot have a good business without good people. 

It’s a no brainer that engaged employees outperform those who aren’t. They’re motivated, positive and generally happier. And happy people make for happy work environments that spill in to how they advocate for your business.

So how do you keep your people happy and engaged?

It doesn’t matter how small or big your team is; having one on one time with a leader is essential. And although you may see your team on the regular (though this has shifted with the move to remote work environments); this is still something that should not be taken lightly. It says they matter. And when they feel they matter, it spurns loyalty.

 Here are five ways to make the most of your one on one meetings.

1.    Overall Updates- they have a role and they’re working on important things for the company right? I’m certain they want to share this with you and I’m pretty sure you want to know about it. This is a great starting point for deeper conversation.

2.   Celebrate the Wins- here is your opportunity to recognize your team for a job well done. People want to be heard; they want to know that what they contribute is meaningful. A kudos, congratulations and well placed thank you can go a long way.

3.    Overcoming Obstacles- it is their job to do their job well; that’s why you hired them. It’s your job to provide direction and remove obstacles that are getting in their way of doing “said job” well. So, create the space for them to express what they need additional support in. 

4.    Provide feedback - The majority of employees are unsure about how they’re performing in their role. This can have a tremendous impact on self-confidence. Your one on one meeting is a private setting that allows for the conversation to take place and honesty builds trust. Also, if there is a place where they’re struggling, it’s better to nip it in the bud now then deal with the negative impacts later.

5.    Succession Planning- how do they want to grow, what passion projects do they want to explore, what lights them up? It's important to have regular career-planning discussions with your team so they understand what opportunities exist. When you know how they are looking to grow, it allows you to tailor any training or development specific to them. When you empower your people with opportunity and knowledge, you keep them up to date, turnover drops and productivity stays high. More importantly your people feel valued. And that is a huge win!

 Last, but certainly not least, is to leave open space for anything that comes up in general. Get to know each other on a personal level outside of work. Your one on one meeting is less about formality; it’s more about engagement.

 So, make these meetings a priority okay?

Schedule it monthly and let your team know, this time is in an investment in them. And they’re worth it. And so are you.


Tell me, do you meet with your team on the regular?

Want a cheat sheet to help keep you on track? Click here for a One on One Meeting cheat sheet.