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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: This employee may have a chemical imbalance in the brain or another medical condition that may be causing depression. Be sensitive to this possibility when you approach this conversation.

Hi _____________ , how has your day been going?

I’ve noticed that you seem to be a little gloomy the past few weeks. Is everything alright?

Let me know if there is anything that I can do to help alleviate any excess stress that you are experiencing, or if there is any way that I can make your experience here at work better. I know you pretty well, and I truly believe that you are a very capable, intelligent and hard working employee. I have full confidence that you can handle your workload, so naturally I’m a bit surprised to see you this way.

I don’t mean to pry, but are there any external issues that might be affecting your work performance? I’m willing to work with you to figure this issue out. Please know that my door is always open, and that if there’s anything you need to talk about, I’d be happy to help.

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