The importance of 1:1 conversations

by Danique Geskus | Nov 22, 2023


Real-time insight into employee engagement

1:1 conversations are a powerful tool for effective communication and collaboration between managers and employees. They provide a structured opportunity to listen, give feedback and set goals, which is essential for growth and development.


Why are 1:1 conversations important?

  1. Building relationships: 1:1 conversations help build strong working relationships between managers and employees.
  2. Feedback and development: they provide a platform for providing constructive feedback and discussing opportunities for growth.
  3. Goals and accomplishments: 1:1 conversations allow employees to set goals and discuss their progress.
  4. Problem solving: they provide the opportunity to solve problems and challenges.
  5. Engagement and satisfaction: employees who have regular 1:1 conversations tend to feel more engaged and satisfied.


How do you conduct effective 1:1 conversations?

  • Preparation: both managers and employees should prepare for the conversation by identifying topics and goals.
  • Active listening: actively listen to what the other person has to say and ask follow-up questions.
  • Giving feedback: be honest and constructive when giving feedback.
  • Set goals: identify measurable goals and action plans together.
  • Follow-up: ensure that actions discussed are followed up and evaluated.
  • Open dialogue: encourage openness and honest communication.


Sample questions for the 1:1 interview

Here are five categories with sample questions for a 1-on-1 conversation to cover various professional topics. These questions are designed to explore career growth, project progress, feedback, team dynamics and well-being, and to foster productive exchange between colleagues or leaders. Choose the questions that best fit the purpose of the conversation and the needs of those involved.


Career and development:

  • Where do you see yourself five years from now in your career?
  • What skills would you like to develop?
  • Do you have any recent accomplishments that you are proud of?


Work projects and tasks:

  • Can you tell me about the project you are currently working on?
  • Are there any challenges you are currently facing?
  • What goals do you have for this project?


Feedback and improvement:

  • Do you have suggestions for ways we can improve our work or collaboration?
  • Is there anything you need help or support with?
  • What feedback do you have for me as a manager/colleague?


Team and collaboration:

  • How do you feel about our team dynamics? Are there any improvements you would like to see?
  • What do you like most about working with this team?
  • Do you have ideas to improve team performance?


Work-life balance and well-being:

  • How do you find work-life balance?
  • Are there specific challenges in this area that you face?
  • What do you do to take care of yourself outside of work?


The role of 1:1 conversations in talent development

1:1 conversations play a crucial role in talent development. They enable managers to understand the needs and aspirations of their team members and provide support for their professional growth. With the right tools, such as Learned, 1:1 conversations can be managed and recorded even more effectively to optimize employee development.


A positive impact on the workplace

1:1 conversations create a positive impact on the work environment. They show that the organization values its employees and their growth. Through regular and meaningful conversations, teams can thrive, achieve goals and develop.


Discover the power of 1:1 conversations with Learned

Enable managers to execute great 1:1’s by using Learned. Through shared agendas and action items with integrated goals, feedback and engagement, Learned helps your organization have effective 1:1 conversations.

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