The standard advice for 1:1s is that it’s the team member’s meeting. It’s a dedicated space where they know they’re going to be heard. Where they know there’s going to be time to discuss whatever is most important to them.
That all sounds great.
But what if they don’t say anything?
(This happens more often than some managers would care to admit).
To fix the issue, we first need to understand what the problem is.
Emmanuel Goossaert, a Senior Engineering Manager at Booking.com has a quick framework for diagnosing this.
If you find that a team member consistently fails to bring things to discuss with you in your one-on-ones, it’s a sign of one of the following:
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We’ve compiled a list of questions you can ask your managers and team members to identify the challenges they face, and help you pick the right solutions.