Are you giving your employees the communication they crave?
one-on-one meeting

Did you know of workers are engaged with their company and the work they’re doing?

Most HR professionals agree that employee engagement is the key to a happy workplace, better retention, and a whole slew of other performance metrics. What’s not so clear is what, exactly, is the key to employee engagement.

We’d like to argue that it’s pretty simple — communication. In our hyper-connected world, we have a slew of tools at our disposal — email, social media, chat — that have changed and, in many ways, improved the way we communicate on a daily basis. The first step to clear communication is choosing a channel that feels natural and easy, and a lot of organizations are already doing that, hosting online networking events for busy or remote employees and investing in internal chat networks like Slack or Hipchat.

But let’s not throw out the baby with the bathwater in our quest to simplify and streamline internal communication. is still king, and one of the most powerful employee engagement tools at your disposal is the humble one-on-one meeting between managers and their employees.

One-on-one meetings are a necessary step to fostering a strong organization. Yet, with busy managers and employees, the meetings are sometimes overlooked. created the infographic below looking at the steps to creating a healthier one-on-one experience.

Some highlights include:

  • 85.7% of highly engaged organizations conduct one-on-one meetings between managers and employees.
  • 52% of employees think leaders who don’t make time to meet with employees are less effective.
  • Only 24% of employees are satisfied with how their manager communicates the organization’s goals and strategies.

Check out the full infographic to see what ingredients you’re missing to accomplish successful one-on-one meetings:

What do you think creates a successful one-on-one meeting?

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4 Comments

  1. tsk raghu

    Most managers are not very comfortable in getting stuck in a one-on-one meeting for he fears the employee might bring a host of issues to him.

  2. Kurt Roswell

    Employees simply want to know that their employers care. They want to feel heard and that their contributions are valued by the organization. This article does a great job supporting that idea with numbers.

  3. Lucas

    Well researched & written, thank you!

    We encourage all our customers to have one-on-one meetings with their employees on a regular basis. Since their time is valuable, they use OnTopic for preparation, sharing meeting notes and following up on actions. And for staying on topic, of course. This makes the whole process both efficient and transparent.

  4. Guilherme Duarte

    Great article and infographics. For sure one-on-one meetings are essential to create engagement. On new trend are the stay interviews where a meeting to prevent an employee from quitting is conducted on a regular basis to assist the needs and prevent disengagement. Other essential aspect of employee engagement is the public recognition and continuous feedback. There are some great and simple tools to help with that as for example . Yes, I work there, but that shouldn’t prevent you from trusting my endorsement and give it a try 🙂

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