Don’t less physical isolation be the excuse for putting off a conversation – they will be much harder down the road and take a much greater toll – on you and the person that is ‘drifting’.
No one likes big, difficult conversations with team members or family. To avoid them, focus on the little conversations – the ones where you know behaviour has moved slightly away from the goal – and correct it quickly. Lots of little conversations – correcting those times when we can all ‘drift’, saves a lot of bigger, more difficult conversations down the road.
No one deals well in a ‘feedback vacuum’ and it can be easy to go off track – unless there are lots of little conversations bringing us all into alignment.
With so many other tasks taking priority right now, don’t forget to have the little conversations – you don’t need bigger, more difficult ones down the road because of inaction now.