Managers urged to make more of catch-up meetings with employees

Statistics suggest organisations need to do more to maximise the potential of catch-up meetings with staff.

Regular catch-up meetings are often viewed as an important aspect of the modern workplace, affording organisations the opportunity to provide constructive feedback to employees, whilst giving individuals an opportunity to raise any concerns of their own.

However, a recent study commissioned by ‘Appraised’, revealed that twenty-six percent of employees believe these meetings would be more useful if managers followed up on their issues and concerns more effectively.

Although they may occasionally be perceived as time consuming, especially by those with limited resources, organisations would do well to recognise the potential of regular catch-up meetings and appreciate that failing to follow up action points raised by staff will only compound any sense of wasting time.

Interestingly twenty-four percent of respondents wanted their manager to prepare for meetings more effectively and with this in mind, it is essential that organisations do not dismiss regular meetings as a ‘box ticking exercise’.

It is important that sufficient effort is devoted to preparing for meetings and that an action plan is devised for addressing any concerns that are raised immediately afterwards. According to Roy Walter, founder of Appraised, “Just taking five or 10 minutes to prepare for a check-in and the same amount of time afterwards to note and share the action points, makes these regular meetings far more valuable, measurable and productive for all concerned.”

Placing more emphasis on employee catch-ups is likely to pay dividends for an organisation and help foster a more positive culture. When used effectively, regular meetings will allow organisations to set clear goals for staff to encourage their development, as well as presenting an opportunity to uncover and act on any early signs of harassment or discrimination at work.

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