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High touch means more.

There is a common theme between the “Quiet Quitting” and onboarding. Microsoft’s CEO shared that they learned that “one factor matters above all. It’s not technology or systems or culture. It’s a very-hands on manager. Care matters more than computers.” With remote and hybrid workers becoming our new normal, the lessons we continue to learn is we can use all the high tech to connect with people, but to create deep, personal connections with the same people we now must use a lot of high touch.

I’ve shared different ways to pre-board new teammates but the primary guidance I recommend engaging new and current workers is to invest the time to talk 1:1 and help create and expand the network the person will use up and downstream of their role. In this short video I highlight how leadership is back to basics, show teammates that they’re welcome, respected, and appreciated for the work they do. Schedule time to talk about career interests and professional development. Connect with care, communicate with compassion, and interact consistently to ensure a positive and productive team.

People want to bring their whole selves to their efforts, so leaders step up and help them do their best. Use learning as your strategic business tool to develop and retain your talent. Let’s talk more about how to bring the high touch into your leadership and team, we can Zoom or even use the phone to talk because together, we are stronger, and we don’t need being remote or at a distance to keep us from connecting and engaging – let’s learn and work together!  I’ll bring some coffee….


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Developing high performing people through strategic learning and performance solutions. Please visit www.williamjryan.com


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