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One of the most important touch points between a manager and their direct report is the 1-on-1 meeting. Usually a scheduled weekly or every other week, 1-on-1s are critical as they help build connections (especially in a remote working world), create alignment across company initiatives, and mitigate stumbling blocks so employees can grow.
But a lot of the time, managers and direct reports are not making the most of these meetings. Instead of being a focused conversation with coaching and development in mind, they end up being unstructured, covering little more than status updates.