What you can learn by tracking 1-1 meetings

One of the metrics that MeetingInfo tracks for individual managers is the total amount of time spent in 1-1 meetings as well as all the people you’ve had and haven’t had 1-1 meetings with during a chosen time period.

In this article we want to refresh our collective consciousness regarding the Value and Ideal Frequency of 1-1 meetings.

Value for employees

As an employee, 1:1 meetings give you the safety of always knowing where you stand based on constant feedback from your manager. It also provide a safe space to share with your manager any concerns and doubts you have.

Especially in a time when people are forced to adjust to a new work circumstances.

Value for managers

As a manager, 1:1s help you guide your team members’ development, resolve issues early on, and improve employee retention.

Gallup has found that when managers provide weekly (vs. annual) feedback, their teams are more engaged and motivated to do outstanding work.

Frequency of 1:1 meetings

Google’s Project Oxygen research shows that managers who have frequent 1:1 meetings with their reports tend to score higher in performance than managers who don’t have these check-ins. So the more often 1:1s happen in an organization, the better the performance of the average manager.

A weekly one-on-one is a best practice at any time because it injects a frequent dose of care into your working relationships. In times of stress, we all need more frequent care, and a weekly 1:1 is a great start.

So having a quick snapshot of knowing how often you’ve had 1-1 meetings

  • let’s you calibrate your schedule (if you feel it is too much or little)
  • stay clear about people you have not met enough with
  • Also stay alert for signs of low engagement or isolation if people frequently cancel 1-1 meetings with you and generally are missing meetings.

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