Can Team Leads do one on ones?
I am a Team Lead with a team of 4, soon to be 6. I would like to do one on ones with each of my team members and am in need of ideas to sell my manager on the concept.
My department is a 24/7 service center. We have about 40 employees, 6 Team Leads, one Supervisor and 2 co-Managers. I have twice proposed one on ones for the entire department when they were looking for ways to increase employee engagement. The idea was shot down because they felt that one on ones needed to be conducted by a supervisor. Having only one Supervisor means that one on ones are impossible.
I am considering proposing a one on one model that is 15 min for the team member, 15 min for me. I hope that by removing the last 10 minutes of the 10/10/10 model, I will remove any fear that I will over-step my authority. As a Team Lead I have responsibility to train, direct and assign work, quality check, deal with low level conflicts etc. but I don't have any input into future plans.
I am meeting with a Manager on Thursday to discuss this idea. Any ideas to strengthen my proposal would be much appreciated.