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bigstock-Cup-of-hot-black-steaming-coff-18213455When communication happens primarily through technology, as it does with virtual teams and remote employees, trusting relationships take longer to develop. Effective one-on-one meetings are a powerful tool to keep employees motivated and positive. Here are four tips to make your one-on-ones as effective as possible.

Let the direct report choose the best time. As humans whose energy varies during the day, there are times best suited for problem solving, routine reports, crunching data, or reflecting and envisioning the future. As a leader, let your team member choose the best time for your one-on-one call. Have them choose a time when they aren’t rushing for a deadline or needing to be alone to focus. Although you are responsible for making sure one-on-one meetings happen, virtual employees work independently and are typically very careful about how they spend their time. You want your call to be welcomed as a time…

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