In one of my comments on Alex W. Barszczewski's (Trener, Coach, Life-Mentor) blog I presented the idea of weekly One-On-Ones.
"Weekly One-On-Ones are counterproductive" - answered Polish management coach in his latest post http://alexba.eu/2009-08-16/zarzadzanie-i-motywacja/one-to-one/ . Here are his arguments:
- 10 person team cannot afford to sacrifice 20 hours monthly plus 20 hours for manager's preparation in current business environment requiring very high efficiency;
- time spent on One-On-Ones cannot be spent with clients so - in case of a consulting firm - real profits are decreased;
- One-On-Ones with employees working somewhere in the world are difficult to arrange;
- One-On-Ones are not necessary in case of good teams.
Why not necessary? Because:
- open door policy and management by walking around are more flexible and efficient;
- Employee development and career planing can be done during meetings every six months;
- self-managing teams don't need intensive manager's engagement;
- top performers are one-person businesses in a company so they don't need a real-time supervision.
Can you comment on this critique of the whole weekly One-On-Ones methodology?