There’s a lot to be gained from getting to know each member of your team — especially after being promoted or experiencing another kind of career change. One-on-one meetings give you the opportunity to break the ice, answer questions and concerns, and show that you have your new reports’ professional development in mind.

A member of the Thrive Global community shares how they learned about this method from experience:

“When I got my first promotion, I was put in charge of leading my peers. Some were proud of my step up, and others were upset that they weren’t selected. So I immediately set up one-on-one meetings with each team member. We discussed our expectations of each other and our performance goals. Then, I held a team meeting and I opened up the chat to see what their vision was for the team going forward — we’d never been given a choice before. But by asking this question, I was able to create buy-in and collective pride in this new team we created.”

—Joyel Crawford, certified professional career coach, Philadelphia, PA

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