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Coaching Cue Cards are designed to help jumpstart conversations that you may need to have with your employees. Modify as needed based on your situation.

Note: Sometimes a person’s inability to focus stems from a disorder such as ADD or ADHD. Try to be sensitive about these sorts of things before moving forward. While sometimes workflow methods like the “Pomodoro” technique can be helpful, avoid focusing on the (personal) cause of their problem and micromanaging their solution. Rather, make it clear what a resolution to the problem looks like—not that you are dissatisfied with their current erratic performance.

Hi ____________, can we talk for a minute? I know our workplace is super busy and I want to make sure that you’re able get your work done successfully. Staying focused and getting work done is a struggle for most everyone, so if you feel like you need help managing your time and avoiding distractions, I am more than willing to listen and help offer some suggestions.

How about we check in with each other twice a week just to make sure you’re on track? This will be a great way for both of us to see what our timeline is looking like and to make sure each work assignment is getting the attention it needs. Sound ok?

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