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.