Try not to skip them
Most managers are responsible either for supporting several team members to achieve the objectives as well as working towards their own goals. When they're under pressure, it may sound like a good idea to cancel such meetings to have more time to work on meeting deadlines for personal projects.
There are three purposes of one on ones:
- Offering support
- Relationship building
Nothing could be further from the truth. Unsolved employee performance issues won't just disappear. Ignoring your team can lead to a real disaster:
- A cancelled 15-20 minute conversation with an employee for a performance feedback provision can lead to a flooded inbox. Mailing is inefficient and can end up costing more time than a simple one on one conversation.
- Ignoring emails could lead to employees being on the watch for you outside your office, trying to catch you during your walk to the kitchen. All these distractions may affect your ability to stay in flow and to complete your work objectives.
- Without adequate guidance (you’ll find out how to provide it with the 1 on 1 meeting template written below) employees may cause a problem in the workplace leading to twice as much wasted time.
- What can deteriorate team morale and relationships? Sending messages that are not a priority and not worth taking the time to provide performance feedback.