- The employee and manager are working out mutual expectations for performance. The manager may have higher (or just different) standards for the employee's performance than the prior manager, and he or she is simply establishing a new level for achievement. You may need to offer some coaching or support to help the employee meet the new requirements.
- The employee and manager are having some problems getting along. This might be a simple matter of a difference in communications style between the manager and the employee, or it could be a more significant difference. Either way, you may be able to help the manager and employee develop a better appreciation for their differences.
- The employee's performance may have hit a "bump in the road." If the employee has delivered a lower level of performance than usual, you and the manager may want to offer some coaching to help the employee get back on track. It's not unusual to have some variation in performance, so it may help to offer a bit of encouragement to both the manager and the employee.
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