I'm in an interesting situation. I'm a new manager at a small laboratory attached to an ER in a small town. We are a 24/7 always open facility.
Because of certain silly rules regarding scheduling, I am only able to see my night shift once a week for 30 minutes.
One of them is a low performer.
My employees work alone due to budgeting constraints (not enough patients to staff 2 techs at once), so I'm having one-on-ones every two weeks with each night shift person during shift change because there is no other time for face-to-face contact. One of them is a low performer with a terrible behavioral record, so it is crucial that I keep good communication with her.
I guess the question is, is it ok to call these employees for one-on-ones at 8 or 9 pm? Do I want to be working unpaid to keep tabs on how they are doing? They are used to working solo, so the current biweekly meetings might work, but the podcast and the book both strongly encourage weekly meetings, especially ones that aren't taking place during a shift change. However, none of their previous managers even had one-on-ones, and the last one didn't have meetings at all, so I am worried that calling them will catch them at a busy time or weird them out.
Any thoughts on this matter are appreciated.