I recently started to study a better way to have 1-on-1 with the members of the team I lead: 1-on-1 are a fundamental moment to understand the status of the team and to catch problems before they become too big.
The 1-on-1 have always been important and I think that they are even more in this new world: you are not in the same place with your team and you can't have a feeling of how the team is going. To improve them I tried to increase the time reserved for them and be prepared for the meeting, bringing topics to the discussion and asking a mix of personal life and working life questions.
But having a 1-on-1 in the same room was only a part of the problem: what I really miss from the pre-covid world is the steps I used to take.
In the pre-covid world, my and my team member's routine was something like this: waking up, walk to the train station, commuting, walk to the office, standup meetings, walking to the coffee machine, walking to the canteen, commuting back home. Walk, walk, walk.
How many of you were able to have the same number of steps as they use to have? I couldn't, not my team member could.
To solve the problem I introduce the walking 1-on-1 session: instead of having a conversation in front of the computer, I just grab my notes and start walking for an hour outside, no matter if it is sunny or raining. I ask the other team member to do the same.
The experiment was accepted with enthusiasm: people had a walk with the dog, went to the park, run a little. Everyone found the experiment satisfying and the mood after coming back improved a lot. As a positive side effect: my step counter is going back to its golden era 😄.
If you are struggling at home, I really suggest to try it. It will be a nice addition to the normal routine.
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