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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: It’s important to emphasize that the employee has not done anything wrong. Dealing with a language barrier is a difficult challenge in multiple ways. Another language implies another culture and different ways of doing things. You need to be patient and allow the employee to adjust. You can make communication easier by tailoring your speech to avoid idioms such as “Crazy like a fox” that don’t translate well. Speak to employee like an adult to avoid appearing patronizing, but simple language will make the employee feel more like he or she has opportunity to contribute.

Hi _____________ , thank you for your time - I wanted to talk with you for a moment. We are very happy to have you work here, and I just want you to know if there is ever any confusion or if you need clarification on anything, please don’t hesitate to come and ask me.

I realize that English isn’t your first language, and that is completely fine! Let me know if there are any conversations or meetings or cultural differences you don’t understand, and I will be happy to help you understand. You’re a part of our team now and everyone here is on your side. Please let me know if there is anything we can do to help you out and make your transition as easy as possible.


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