What is the difference between Updates and 1:1s?
1:1s facilitate the conversation between employee and their manager in an in-person meeting. At the same time, Updates are a significant tactical update for managers or mini-self-reflection employees can complete on a more frequent cadence than a full review.
What is Updates?
The Updates tool allows managers to set up a customized template sent to employees at their chosen cadence (weekly, biweekly, monthly, or quarterly). Employees checking in with their manager weekly often use the Updates tool as a monthly status report to inform the manager what they are working on and where they could use the help.
Why use Updates?
It's an excellent tool for employees/managers that struggle to find time in person. We've also seen success for teams with remote employees, traveling employees, or new hires. Employees checking in with their manager monthly generally use the Updates tool as a mini self-review. It's a way to look back at your performance over the past month and is generally more developmentally based.
For companies that do not have frequent reviews, there can be months when an employee does not receive formalized feedback, and the Updates tool is a great way to gather more of that feedback. Regardless of the cadence, Lattice will automate the process so it runs regularly, and managers will always be allowed to comment back on updates, so they are closing the loop.
What can the admin do with Updates?
As an admin, you can view the update's content and who uses the tool. Additionally, you can provide transparency to your senior leaders by turning on a feature that allows managers of managers to see their indirect reports' updates. You also can turn on updates for all employees and select the default cadence & questions to drive accountability.
What is 1:1s?
The 1:1 tool allows managers and employees to collaborate on a shared agenda for in-person meetings. The first step to having a productive meeting is creating an agenda and ensuring internal stakeholders are aligned. With the 1:1's tool, managers and direct reports can connect their Google or Outlook calendars to Lattice, creating insight into when your next 1:1 is (even if the time changes).
Why use 1:1s?
Throughout the week, the manager and employee can go into the tool and add agenda items to discuss. Often 1:1's can feel manager-dominated, and this gives employees equal ownership over their in-person meetings. Once the agenda is set, Lattice will send both employees an email 2 hours before the meeting with the agenda so they can come better prepared for the meeting. Once the meeting starts, both employees will add notes so there is a record detailing what was discussed and any takeaways.
What can the admin do with 1:1s?
As an admin, you can view the 1:1 agenda items and view who has created meetings. 1:1s reporting also includes whether or not employees have participated in a meeting.