The act of re-assuring someone everything will be ok and no need to panic.
Guy1: This project is so complex, we need a full review of the detail! This isn't going to work.
Guy2: What the hell is with that guy?
Guy3: Don't worry, he just needs some Ass Patting, I'll buy him lunch later.
Employee: How come you never make any time for me?
Boss: OK Sorry whatsup?
Employee: My office chair hurts my back, bla bla bla.
Boss (In thought): *Man i'm so sick of this guy needing so much ass patting. I can't wait till we downsize him.*
Boss: I'll take care of that, keep up the good work!