If you find yourself needing to have 1-on-1 meetings with someone other than your direct report(s) or your reviewer, the 1-on-1s with anyone feature will be helpful. Say you work with a teammate on a couple projects and need regular meetings for updates. Or maybe you have a dotted line manager in addition to your reviewer in 15Five. These are examples of when 1-on-1s with anyone are beneficial. Once this feature is enabled, you will be able to set up a 1-on-1 with anyone in your company.
Enable/disable 1-on-1s with anyone
1. Click on the Settings menu at the upper right corner of your 15Five account.
2. Select Features from the dropdown menu.
3. Click on '1-on-1s'.
4. You are now on the 1-on-1s feature settings page.
5. Click the arrow to the right of '1-on-1 settings'. To enable 1-on-1s with anyone, select the "Employees can have 1-on-1s with anyone in the organization" option. To disable 1-on-1s with anyone, select the "Employees can only have 1-on-1s with their managers and/or direct reports" option.
Remember to save your new settings.
Changes on the 'My 1-on-1s' page
You've enabled 1-on-1s with anyone, so what now? You'll see a couple of changes when you go to your 1-on-1 dashboard. We have outlined them below.
Your 'My 1-on-1s' page will look something like this:
Creating 1-on-1s with anyone
There is a button labeled 'Create a 1-on-1' that allows you to create a new 1-on-1 with anyone in the company. For an in-depth walkthrough of how to create a 1-on-1 with anyone, see this article.
Your direct reports and/or manager will automatically be starred when this feature is turned on. You will now not only see your direct reports, but everyone that you have had past 1-on-1s with in the list. Once you create a 1-on-1 with another employee in your company, they too will show up in the list.
You can star employees you want to show up at the top of your list so that you don't have to scroll to find someone. You can also remove an employee from this list by following these steps.
Want to learn how much this feature is being used? Check 1-on-1 activity data by reading this article.