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What should be in our 1 on 1 doc (for manager 1 on 1s)

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Mid-Level Software Engineer [E4] at Meta13 days ago

What sort of documentations should we have for our 1 on 1s? Is there a video on having a 1 on 1 doc?

My previous manager at Workday told me to discuss
Wins, What I am focusing on, Blockers, Personal Development, Action steps

and created a shared google doc for us, but it seemed kind of status-reporty. Is there another recommended format for our 1 on 1?



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    Tech Lead/Manager at Meta, Pinterest, Kosei
    13 days ago

    The best 1:1 doc is the one that you and your manager both use frequently. I don't have a strong opinion on the format as long as it's something you feel is low-friction and easy to refer back to.

    Here was my go-to template for 1:1s as a manager at Meta (in a running Google Doc):

    1. Top of mind for the report
    2. Top of mind for the manager
    3. Discussion topics
    4. Action items

    To your point about the 1:1s being skewed toward status updates, IMO that has less to do with the template doc, and more to do with what you put in the "top of mind" section. Spend 10 minutes before each 1:1 to do some reflection on how to make the 1:1 awkward.

    I highly recommend going through the answers here as well: What’s a good example of a 1:1 document to help your manager keep track of your accomplishments?

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