I've got a new(ish) colleague with whom I share a manager. I was tasked with onboarding the new colleague when they joined, although I think they're pretty settled in now. In a meeting with my manager I was told the colleague often asks what they should be doing next, instead of deciding themselves what to do based on the project and tasks remaining. My manager asked me to bring this up with my colleague to presumably try and get them to be a bit more independent.
I'm unsure on how best to do this. I don't want it to be obvious that my manager has given this feedback and I'm relaying it, but a random call with this as the only discussion point makes it feel inevitable. In terms of the actual conversation, I would probably ask questions about how they feel about the assignment of work, and perhaps stress that we have a lot of freedom about how we go about things as long as it's working towards the agreed goal.
As a sense check, am I even the best person to be doing this? Part of me feels it's my manager who should be having this conversation.