A one-on-one meeting is a great way to give someone feedback, see what direction they’re headed, and get honest feedback yourself. Splitting the meeting time into personal and work can help you build rapport while getting the information you want.
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Building rapport and morale is one of the best ways to get good work out of others. Whether you're a manager, or just a coworker, Kate Stull at the Popforms blog suggests using meeting time to get to know each other, as well as hit main work topics:
...as simple as it may seem, it's great to start out with a general, "How are you?" People don't get asked very often how things are going by someone who is really listening. So simply giving your full attention to someone when they are telling you about their week is a great way to kick off your 1:1s on the right foot. Make notes of people's spouses' and kids' names when they mention them, so you can ask about them later as well. When you ask about people's loved ones it means a lot because, well, they love them! So the more you remember and acknowledge that your team members all have lives outside of the office, the deeper your relationships with your people will go, and the more trust you'll build. Finding out you both saw the same movie this weekend is just as effective a way to build rapport as talking about what you're both working on this week.
It doesn't have to be overly personal, but bonding can happen at work during productive hours. What might feel like wasted time is really a chance to boost productivity a different way. Sometimes getting to know the people you work with is more important from a morale standpoint than just focusing on tasks. You can read the whole article at the link below.