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1:1 Meetings: Sample Agenda + Template for Managers

Two colleagues in a one on one meeting using a tablet and computerFor many workers, one on one meetings are a necessary evil, to be avoided at all costs. From awkward to disorganized to pointless, one on ones produce countless negative feelings for even the most enthusiastic employees. Having a solid, standard, and well-planned agenda can prevent that negativity - and make your one on one meeting productive and worthwhile.

What is a one on one meeting?

A one on one meeting is a regular dedicated sit-down between a manager and employee. One on one meetings serve to connect employees with management, where they can express their feelings, overcome obstacles, plan for the future, and ask for advice.

Why you need one on one meetings

Plenty of meetings in the workplace are actually time-wasters. How many times have you seen a meme that reads, “I survived another meeting that should have been an email?” The feeling is ubiquitous across all types of businesses.

But one on one meetings are important for employees and managers alike. In a one on one meeting, managers can make sure employees are placing their focus where it needs to be.

A 1:1 meeting gives a manager an opportunity to guide an employee on their professional goals to forge a stronger bond and a happy workplace. To reap this benefit, you must plan an efficient meeting by building a well-designed meeting agenda.

How to build your agenda

Every one on one meeting should include:

  • Feedback
  • Coaching
  • Notes taken since the last meeting

Your one on one meeting agenda should be shared prior to the meeting, giving both the manager and employee a chance to include their own notes and questions.

Looking to optimize the time spent in your meeting? Add time blocking to your agenda to make sure your meeting stays on track and doesn’t run over.

Here’s a one on one meeting template to build your next agenda:

Agenda Template

Want a template to set up an agenda for your own one on one meetings? We’ve put one together - you can find it here:

1:1 Meetings: Sample Agenda Template for Managers

How do you structure your 1:1 meetings? Comment below with your suggestions.

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