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I work in the IT industry. The bulk of the work is beginning to shift from project management/implementation into on-going daily operations.  

I recently found myself in a challenging situation. I selected a long-term contractor to lead a team of four FTEs. I did this because the contractor has a successful record in negotiating with customers, obtaining approvals, and delivering projects.  This was not the popular choice with the team members due to their experiences with the contractor.
 
I plan to conduct One-on-Ones (all five) instead of having the contractor to perform them. The rationale being it enables me to keep a close eye on the situation as it evolves. In addition, it keeps me in the good graces of HR.
 
Do you agree with this approach?
 
Thank you for your insight.

twinsen's picture

I'm in the same boat.  I do O3s with all of them.  If the contractor was under the FTE, though, I would let the FTE do it to help give them a chance to improve for promotion. I have contractors leading other contractors in unofficial capacities but my team is small enough that I can do all of them. 

We worked with an outsourced company once who came with a contractor manager and his directs so in that instance I might have just done the O3 with the manager.