Many years ago, I worked at a teeny, tiny PR firm where each employee was required to meet with a partner once per month. The meetings were one-on-one, and while they were designed to provide an outlet for employees to talk about their trials and successes in the workplace, each one inevitably turned into a vent session about one's personal life.
I usually left these meetings feeling icky, like I had revealed too much, learned too much, and/or my boss had asked too much.
One-on-ones can often end up this way, especially in small business settings that are intimate and casual by nature.
So how can small business owners stay on task in an employee one-on-one meeting?
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