One of my directs works weekend overnights. I am torn between holding his O3s during the last hour of his week (7am Tuesday morning) or by phone on the weekend.
At the risk of re-iterating my previous posts: I manage a team of supervisors who work shifts. I've been using 03s scheduled every week, which has unfortunately meant that they are inconsistent and often occur bi-weekly rather than every week.
I'm moving to a consistent, recurring O3 schedule and have set times with 5 out of 6 directs, but the Friday-Monday night supervisor is a challenge to me. He has recently been promoted and his new shifts run from 10pm until 8am. He had previously been front-line employee with the capability of picking up supervisor's shifts. Before the promotion, I had been running O3s with this direct bi-weekly, usually during his supervisor shifts.
The only time I could meet with this direct in person is at 6 or 7am Tuesday morning. The obvious problem there is that he will likely be thinking more about his upcoming weekend than our meeting, and some of the short-term benefits may be forgotten over the three day weekend.
The alternative, which was recommended by MT poster THAGUMA in another thread (thanks!), is to conduct the O3s by phone.
My concern is that his particular direct has not been forthcoming, and only after a series of face to face O3s has begun to open up. I've also noticed that he does not communicate with me well on the phone under normal circumstances.
I feel that I'm starting to make some real progress with live 03s, but that may be lost if I switch to phone meetings.
Has anyone else had a similar experience, or care to share opinions on the negative of end-week meetings versus phone meetings?