As a leader, these are the most important meetings you’ll have all week. Whether you call them ‘check-ins,’ ‘touch bases,’ or ‘one-on-ones,’ the goal remains the same — These meetings are a chance to sit down with each team member to see how things are going at work.
And it turns out that the frequency of your check-ins is even more important than their content. Research tells us that leaders who check-in with their team members weekly saw a 13% increase in engagement, while leaders who check-in monthly saw a 5% decrease in engagement.
You read that correctly — Meeting infrequently is worse than not meeting at all. Why? Because your people need your guidance on what they’re working on now.
Whether it lasts for 15, 30, or 60 minutes doesn’t matter. All that matters is that it happens every week like clockwork.