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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: If an employee threatens to quit simply because they aren’t getting their way, it may be best just to allow them to quit. Giving in to their demands sets a dangerous example to the other employees that they too can push you to get their way, creating a snowball effect you don’t need.

If you definitely need them and don’t mind a counter-offer, consider the following dialogue:

Listen, because you’re invaluable to this team I’ll do it this one time, but this will never happen again. If you feel (underpaid, deserves promotion, deserves certain project), then I’m willing to work with you to come up with a possible solution. In fact, I’m able to offer _____________. However, I need to make something clear, going forward I will need _____________ from you, and this is not a conversation that we can have over and over again. I understand there’s stress, but remember there is stress in every job.

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