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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: A perpetually stressed employee may have some underlying issues that can be causing excess stress at work. Lack of sleep, marital problems, or bad lifestyle decisions can exacerbate any stress at work.

Hi _____________ , how has your day been going?

I’ve noticed that you seem to be pretty flustered around the office lately. I know you pretty well, and I 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 under so much stress.

I don’t mean to pry, but are there any external issues that might be affecting your work performance? I know it may sound silly, but something as benign as not getting a full 8 hours of sleep could be the culprit that we’re after here. I’m willing to work with you to figure this out. You have a strong work ethic and that’s more than most managers can ask for - I just want to make sure we’re using you effectively and not burning out one of our more valuable assets.

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