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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: Setting boundaries at work can be a tricky subject because personal boundaries are very closely tied to a person’s set of values. You need to be careful not to offend an employee who seems out of line in this way, because they may have been raised to believe their behavior is acceptable.

Hi _____________ , how are you today?

I want you to know that you’re not “in trouble” but I wanted to have a conversation with you about something before there are any misunderstandings and we actually have a problem. I’ve noticed that you are a touchy-feely type of person, and while this can be perfectly innocent, some people may feel like their personal boundaries are being violated. I don’t want you to feel bad about this because it’s not a personal attack on you in any way. But different people have different sets of values and norms, and while some may find over-familiarity endearing, others can find it as a sign of disrespect when it happens in the workplace.

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