TAP In with Tristan : Topics to Discuss During Your One-on-Ones

Tristan Layfield goes over a few topics you should discuss during your one-on-ones.

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Tristan: What’s going on, Living Corporate? It’s Tristan, and I want to thank you for tapping back in with me as I provide some tips and advice for professionals. In this tip, I want to go over a few topics you should discuss during your one-on-ones.

One-on-ones are a vital part of your career success, but they are often either cast aside, wasted, or used strictly to speak to your leader’s agenda. But there are topics that you should consider bringing up during your one-on-one to gather information that will help you throughout your career.

First, you should always talk to your boss about what you’re working on and provide any status or progress updates. This helps keep your manager in the loop on where your energy is focused to ensure you are on the right path and in alignment with the department’s priorities. It also makes sure the excellent work you’re doing stays top of mind with your leadership team, which can lead to better projects, raises, and even promotions.

Next, discuss the performance goals that you set annually. You want to make sure you’re on track to meet your goals, which greatly influence raises and promotions. If you’re not on track, this allows you time to discuss how you can fix the situation. Also, throughout the year, the department or company’s strategies and focus may change, which means that your goals should change with them. So this conversation can help ensure that your goals always remain relevant and attainable.

Lastly, make sure you are having a conversation about relevant metrics and key performance indicators to understand how your work plays into the organization’s larger goals. This is something that so many professionals miss, and it becomes very apparent during self-reviews at the end of the year and when it’s time to work on their resumes, cover letters, or LinkedIns. If you can’t confidently tell someone how your work impacts the organization, you aren’t diving deep enough to understand how your work relates to the bigger picture.

The moral of the story here is that one-on-ones are not just for your boss to check in with you, but it’s also for you to update and check-in with your boss. Make sure you carve out time to discuss things that are important to you and your growth.

Thanks for tapping in with me today! Don’t forget; I’m now taking submissions from you all on career questions, issues, concerns, or advice you think may help others! So make sure to submit yours at bit.ly/tapintristan.

This tip is brought to you by Tristan of Layfield Resume Consulting. Check us out on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @layfieldresume or connect with me, Tristan Layfield, on LinkedIn.

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