IT leaders’ free time is stretched thin like cookie dough, except not in a delicious way. It can be tempting to cast aside meetings with individual subordinates in order to focus on other things. In an article for TechRepublic, Ant Pruitt lists three reasons why not to avoid these meetings:
- They help leaders understand what staff members regularly handle.
- The meeting environment is loose.
- Meetings are intimate.
An A-B Conversation
To get specific, the sorts of one-on-one meetings Pruitt envisions are the kind that are informal, do not last longer than 15 minutes, and ideally occur at least once a month. They get at the heart of how employees are doing and what they need in order to prosper. In essence, it is a recalibration meeting. Employees who are properly cared for will inevitably perform their duties better. Being properly cared for can mean a lot of things too:
The 1:1 allows both IT leadership and staff members to get (professional) items of their chest. Sometimes a colleague just wants to vent frustrations or share accolades. Ever had a day where a project stakeholder refused to compromise on proposed requirements? Makes you want to scream, right? You can’t yell at the stakeholder, though. Instead, vent your frustrations to your manager in the 1:1.
The intimacy of such meetings further allows staff to voice desires that there otherwise may not be time to raise amid project deadlines. Perhaps someone has really enjoyed one esoteric aspect of the work he or she has done lately and would enjoy delving further into that skill set. It is within the IT leader’s power to find ways to make this skill development possible.
The value of the one-on-one meeting is that it disregards how hectic project work is, and it hones in on making time for individual employees—the people who dictate if a project ultimately succeeds. You can view the original article here: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/three-reasons-not-to-ignore-one-to-one-meetings-in-it/