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50 interesting one on one meeting questions for managers and employees

One on one meetings also written as 1:1 or 1-on-1 meetings are the perfect opportunity for managers and their employees to better discuss critical matters that are specific to the employee and their manager in the light to support and add value that helps the employee perform better. 

Whether the 1:1 meeting is about a performance report, career development, well-being in the company, or other issues, it is important that after a one on one meeting we can take a step forward. 

For one on one meetings to be meaningful meetings and not simple conversations from which nothing is drawn, you have to know how to ask the right questions. With the right questions, these simple meetings can quickly boost the development of your company.


The ability to ask the right question is already the solution to a problem

– Carl Jung

Questions for manager

Questions to build confidence

  1. How are you? Can you handle the pressure?
  2. What do you like to do in your spare time? What are your hobbies?
  3. Is everything going well at your own pace?
  4. How is your family? Do you often visit them?
  5. What motivates you?

Questions about career development

  1. What was your dream as a child? Do you think you have somehow achieved it?
  2. What work are you doing here that you think best meets your long term goals?
  3. Where do you see yourself in five or ten years?
  4. What are your long term goals?
  5. What area of the business would you like to know more about?
Communication and feedback in one on one meetings

Questions about communication and feedback

  1. How do you prefer to receive feedback?
  2. What aspect of your job would you like more help or coaching?
  3. What can I do as a manager to facilitate your work?
  4. Is there a situation in which you would need my help?
  5. What do you like about my management style? What do you not like?

Questions about improvement 

  1. If you were a CEO, what is the first thing you would change?
  2. How could we be more creative or innovative as a company?
  3. How could we change our team meetings to be more effective?
  4. Do you feel like you’re on the same page with the team?
  5. Is everyone doing their best in the team?
Employee wellbeing

Questions about well-being at work

  1. Did your work meet your expectations when you accepted it?
  2. Are you happy to work here? Who are you friends with at work?
  3. What part of your job would you like not to have to do?
  4. What do you like most about your job here and what do you least like?
  5. When did you enjoy working here the most? What would make you leave this job for another?

Questions for employee

Questions about productivity and strategy 

  1. What can I do to help improve team performance?
  2. What do you think I should focus my attention on?
  3. Who in the team needs help? How can I better support them?
  4. What would you like me to take care of more?
  5. How are we progressing in our goals as a team?
Career development in on on on meetings

Questions about career development

  1. Where do you see my role evolving in the next 6 months and 1 year?
  2. What mentoring opportunities are available to me?
  3. Who in the company do you think I can learn the most from?
  4. How can I improve my skills? What can I read? Where can I take lessons?
  5. How can I help train and support others in the team and the business?

Questions about communication and feedback

  1. Am I giving enough feedback to my peers?
  2. What is not clear to you in my work?
  3. Do you think I contribute enough to team meetings?
  4. Is the quality of my work above or below average?
  5. What do you think is my greatest asset and what do you think is my greatest flaw?

Questions about company culture and motivation

  1. How important to you is the culture of this company?
  2. How can I get more involved in the culture of the workplace?
  3. What would you recommend to an employee who is feeling a bit under pressure?
  4. What qualities are most important when you’re hiring for our team?
  5. Do you think our team is doing a great job?

Questions to support your manager

  1. What is your biggest challenge as a manager?
  2. What worries you the most?
  3. Is there anything we can do to help you?
  4. What excites you the most on a daily basis?
  5. Are you proud of your team?

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Now you have a good number of questions to build upon. You can even find more on Happierco 1:1 meetings. Dont expects to be an expert on your first try or even as a new manager or employee. The more experience you get with 1:1 meetings, the better you become.

By conducting regular 1:1 meetings at least twice per month, and following the right steps, you will build a strong relationship together. Want to learn more about how to prepare for one on one meetings, check out this guide; How to get the best out of one on one meetings

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