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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.

Hi _____________ , how are you today? There’s something we need to discuss. I’ve seen you’re consistently drowsy or sleeping while you’re here.

This has me a little worried. Are you getting enough sleep? Is anything keeping you awake at night or is there something going on with your health?

We can’t have you sleeping on the job. When you’re drowsy you could make some serious mistakes. I’d feel better if you got checked out to ensure everything is alright with your health. Your safety is our number one priority while you’re here and I want to ensure you’re getting the rest you need to get the job done right.

Note: If the employee is having sleep deprivation due to happenings at home, attempt to go through these with the employee to find a balance that allows proper amounts of sleep. If the employee expresses none of these concerns, suggest a trip to the doctor to ensure the employee’s health is good. Blaming the employee for their drowsiness could quickly become an HR nightmare; ask questions beforehand to determine if the employee could possibly be having issues a doctor would need to check.

I cannot have you sleeping on the job, I’m sure you know this. So, please take the steps we talked about and keep me posted.


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