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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.

Thanks for meeting with me for a moment. I just want you to know it’s nothing serious and you’re not in any trouble.

I want to talk to you about your hygiene at work. It’s nothing to be embarrassed about, but I just wanted to touch base with you and let you know it’s something you might want to be a little more cautious about.

I hesitate to say anything, but as your manager, I thought you might want some friendly advice. I would not want to risk a client or another employee saying something and have such a tiny problem turn into a business problem.

(Potentially address the issue with more specifics, being sensitive to the language that you use.)

Please keep this talk in mind, but I want you personally to know we’re happy to have you working with us.

Note: Avoid using language like “people have noticed” or “others have pointed out.” Use a nonjudgmental tone and this small problem can be fixed without causing hurt feelings or tension in the workplace.

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