In the wake of the world’s recent condition, there’s been a lot of talk about remote work. My last role was as a remote team leader who regularly engaged with 13 employees across a handful of time zones. Aside from the numerous messaging and conferencing tools available, the single-handed most valuable tool that I used to stay engaged with the team were our 1:1 meetings (read “one to one”, or “one on one”).
Each week, I met with each team member for 30 minutes. We talked about project priorities, task challenges, caught up on our personal lives, and periodically checked in on their career trajectories. The 1:1’s helped me build and maintain great relationships with our team, and allowed us to minimize interruptions during the week while each of us were “in the zone” on our projects. I could go on about the benefits, but I think you can already see the value behind this tool.
If you’re considering running 1:1’s in your new role as remote team leader, I recommend getting started with this guide from Michael Lopp: The Update, The Vent, and The Disaster
(Hint: If you schedule your 1:1’s in blocks, you can still have big blocks of time for other tasks associated with your role.)