One-to-one meetings with direct reports often feel more hurried and disorganised than they need to be. It’s important to check in regularly with each of your employees, but how can you make the best use of the time? How can you make the meetings more productive and collaborative? What do you need to change as the manager and what do you need to ask your direct report to do differently as well? What the Experts Say In the digital age, we tend to communicate with direct reports via email, IM, phone, and text. But nothing quite beats a face-to-face, one-on-one meeting, says Elizabeth Grace Saunders, the author of How to Invest Your Time Like Money, and the founder of Real Life E Time Coaching & Training. “One-on-ones are one of the most important productivity ...


Do you blame your boss for your inability to get more done at work? One of my core productivity principles is to stop checking email all throughout the day, and to turn off the vibrations, dings and other notifications we get with every new message. Shelby told me, “I can’t turn off my email notifications, because my boss will think I’m not working if I don’t respond to him within five minutes.” Poorly run meetings are huge time wasters, and simple steps like starting on time, having an agenda and using a count-down clock can work wonders. Arvin explained. “But my manager is the one running them so I can’t do anything about it.” And in response to “know your one thing” Hussain said, “I’d love to identify my ‘most important daily task’ but my ...