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I am hoping that the collective conscious and experience of this group will help me with a long term dilemma that I have been struggling with. And no, I am not referring to the struggle over the correct spelling of dilemma.
I have (7) managers that report directly to me, and each manages a disparate team within the Operational branch of our organization. I want to give each that time and attention they need, and have maintained 1:1 meetings with each of them, some weekly, some bi-weekly, over the past few years. The problem is that meetings have become 'the new normal'. Since the start of the pandemic 'scheduled' meetings have replaced 'serendipitous' meetings.
So now, I find my schedule packed. Anyone else on Office365 and get those weekly emails from Viva (f/k/a Cortana) with your scheduled vs. free time? Mine is always depressing.
So, with all of these 1:1's (which are 0:30 - 1:00 depending on the size of the department they manage - more people, more issues) AND the constant Zoom conferences, I am coming up for air, and then diving in again. Am I drowning? Not yet - but the struggle is real!
So, in the spirit of "it takes a village...", here is where I turn to the community for advice. How do I maintain meaningful relationships with my direct report and live up to my rule of my door being physically and figuratively open for them, but balance the needs for my own time to GET STUFF DONE?
I am not (yet) familiar with the Team Playbook to pull out the right play. But advice is appreciated from any process or solution you may think will help.