A skip one-on-one meeting is a meeting with managers or senior leaders in the company with those who are in junior positions. It is important not to have the meeting with a direct report in order to get honest and accurate feedback. To be truly effective you must create an environment in which the employee feels comfortable. Ideally, the manager should have a relationship with the individual being interviewed. Remember these sessions are about listening and learning from different perspectives in the organizations.
Managers should come armed with questions about the business based on data they’ve reviewed in advance — both qualitative and quantitative.
Here are some questions you might want to ask in your one-on-ones:
Skip-level one-on-one meetings are an excellent tool to gain insight into your company's culture, strengths, and shortcomings. If you manage managers, setting up a recurring meeting with their direct reports is a great way to gain an accurate understanding of how your direct reports are leading. Additionally, you get insight into how your employees are feeling about the business, culture, and leadership. Lastly, it allows you to uncover the obstacles that are preventing teams from producing their best work.
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