Running a Successful 1:1: Powerful Questions to Ask in Your 1:1 with Employees

by Sarah Bedrick
“1:1s are your single best opportunity to listen, really listen, to the people on your team to make sure you understand their perspective on what’s working and what’s not working."

One-on-one meetings between managers and employees are a cornerstone of effective communication and growth within any organization.

These intimate sessions provide a safe space for open dialogue, fostering trust, understanding, and alignment.

To make the most out of these valuable interactions, it's essential to ask powerful questions that encourage introspection and drive progress.

In this blog post, we will explore key sections for 1:1 conversations and provide a range of questions that will help create meaningful connections and drive personal and professional development.

Getting to Know Your Employee

Establishing a strong working relationship starts with getting to know your employee on a personal level. This section matters because understanding their background, interests, and values can build rapport and empathy.

  • What inspired you to pursue your current career path?
  • How do you like to approach problem-solving in your role?
  • What are your favorite hobbies or activities outside of work?
  • What’s your preferred method of communication?

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Check-ins Regular

Check-ins offer a chance to address immediate concerns, track progress, and provide timely feedback. This section is crucial for maintaining clear communication and ensuring goals are on track.

  • How is everything going today? Tell me about this last week? 
  • How are you feeling about your current workload? Is there anything you need assistance with?
  • Are there any obstacles or challenges that you've encountered recently?
  • On a scale of 1 to 10, how satisfied are you with your current projects and tasks?

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Building Trust

Trust is the foundation of any successful manager-employee relationship. This section focuses on fostering trust and psychological safety within the team.

  • What can I do as a manager to better support you?
  • Is there any aspect of your role or the team's dynamics that you find particularly challenging?
  • How can we create an environment where you feel comfortable sharing both successes and failures?

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Priorities & Blockers

Addressing priorities and blockers helps keep employees on track and ensures they have the necessary resources to succeed.

  • What tasks or projects do you believe should be prioritized right now?
  • Are there any roadblocks preventing you from achieving your goals?
  • Is any part of your job unclear or confusing?
  • How can we overcome these obstacles to move forward effectively?

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Understanding Personal Goals

Recognizing employees' personal goals demonstrates that you care about their overall well-being, contributing to a positive work culture.

  • Do you have any personal goals that you would like to share or discuss?
  • How can we ensure your work-life balance is being respected?
  • Are there any challenges outside of work that may impact your performance or well-being?

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Identifying Strengths & Opportunities for Growth

Identifying strengths and areas for improvement helps guide personalized development plans.

  • What do you believe are your greatest strengths in your role?
  • Which skills or areas do you think you could improve to excel further?
  • How can we leverage your strengths to maximize your impact within the team?

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Integrating Learnings

Encouraging a learning culture allows for continuous improvement and adaptation.

  • Have you had any recent insights or learnings that could benefit the team?
  • How can we integrate these learnings into our current projects and processes?
  • What resources or support do you need to continue your learning journey?

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Creating Momentum

Keeping employees motivated and engaged is essential for sustained success.

  • What accomplishments are you most proud of since our last 1:1?
  • How can we build upon these achievements to maintain momentum?
  • Is there anything specific that motivates you in your work?

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Celebrating Progress

Recognizing and celebrating achievements reinforces a positive work environment.

  • How would you like to celebrate milestones and successes within the team?
  • What kind of recognition or feedback is most meaningful to you?
  • What recent achievements would you like to share with the broader team?

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Receiving Feedback as a Manager

Lastly, seeking feedback from employees on your managerial style fosters an open and inclusive relationship.

  • How can I better support you and the team moving forward?
  • Is there anything you'd like me to do differently as a manager?
  • Do you feel like I acknowledge/recognize the positive work that you do?
  • Do you have any feedback or suggestions for improving our 1:1 meetings?

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Questions to ask at the end of your one-on-one meetings

  • What was the most useful part of our conversation today?
  • Was this meeting helpful?
  • Did you find value in this conversation? Why/why not?
  • What were the top takeaways? / What are our next steps?

Asking powerful questions in your 1:1 meetings can strengthen relationships, drive professional growth, and create a positive work environment. By focusing on the key sections mentioned above, you can ensure that your conversations are not only productive but also show genuine care and interest in your employees' well-being and development. Remember, the ultimate goal of these sessions is to foster open communication, build trust, and support your employees in achieving both personal and organizational success.

Ready to elevate your 1:1 meetings and drive professional growth within your team? Start asking these powerful questions today. And for personalized guidance tailored to your team's unique needs, book a call with us now. Let's create a roadmap to success together!

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