This post is adapted from our ebook, The Manager's Guide to 1:1 Meetings.

The concept of a 1:1 meeting is simple: a recurring dedicated conversation where a manager catches up with each of his or her direct reports. It's a simple concept, but many managers don't put much thought into them—or don't do them at all.

We know that bad managers can drive away top talent, so use these five tips to ensure that your 1:1 meetings add real value and build your relationship with your employees.