Why One on One Time is ImportantNick Strite
We are just beginning to get started with the Triad Cleaning Solutions creative team! This week, Project Manager Lesley set aside time with each member of the creative team for one on one conversations so the team could provide feedback and layout plans for the next year. Triad’s foundation is built on the relationships we have with our clients and each other. To strengthen those relationships, we should go out of our way to have one on one discussions on personal and company growth.
One on one time is very important for teams to have between management and each other. The value of establishing transparency regarding goals, performance, teamwork, grievances, strategy etc. will not only improve relationships and cohesion but provide valuable feedback for management to further grow the company based on its members.
One on One Open Conversation
A one on one conversation should have a guideline of talking points and questions that should be asked of each party involved. Here are a few examples of questions to ask employees:
- Is anything in the pipeline unclear or confusing?
- What could I do to make your work easier?
- How’s your workload?
- What are 3 things you would like to see when you show up to work every day?
- Do you feel challenged at work? Are you learning new things?
- What is something I could do better?
- What do you want to be doing in 5 years?
- How do you feel your work/life balance is right now?
- Do you feel like you’re on the same page with the team as a whole?
- How well-received do you feel your opinions are when you offer them up?
- What are the top 3 things that you feel waste your time during the day?
- Are there any projects you’d really like to work on if you had the chance?
- Are there any big opportunities you think we’re leaving on the table?
The importance of these questions is so you can make actionable choices in future decisions and how to grow your team. Follow up on these questions and maintain course accordingly.
Change of Pace
Regularly scheduled one on one time is very valuable and should be scheduled in advance and regularly. Spend this time outside the office getting coffee, or on a walk, whatever is suitable. Getting outside your work space is important to put people in a good, comfortable environment. This exercise should create a space where individuals feel comfortable to discuss any concerns on their mind. Creating this bond during one on one time will foster your work relationship well into the future.