1-on-1s are a great method to have a frequent conversation between manager and employee. As communication in the workplace is often one of the weakest spots of almost all organizations, managers can make a big difference by having regular, structured, yet informal 1-on-1s with their team members. It’s fairly simple: just take 1 hour every two weeks for each team member and have an informal conversation about engagement, workload, team dynamics, performance and learning and development. Although it’s a time-consuming effort the returns of 1-on-1s are huge. Most people like to speak about their accomplishments and concerns. Have an open ear and actively listen to everything your team members have to say. You can guide the conversation to understand even better what is meant and provide immediate guidance and feedback.