This morning, I came across this interesting post about why performance reviews don’t work. The alternative that stood out was weekly one-on-one meetings with direct reports. It’s a recommendation I first heard nearly two years ago on the Manager Tools podcast. I’ve managed employees in the past, and when I followed the advice about weekly one-on-one meetings, virtually every relationship improved. It is more meetings, but the results are worth it.
While I don’t have a manager title in my current job, I’m still in fairly regular touch with the employees I used to manage. Were it not for those regular meetings, I doubt I’d have the same relationship with my former co-workers that I do today.