Finding out what your people want out of work and life means your employees, and ultimately your business, can thrive
As the number of businesses and organisations providing workplace coaching continues to increase, implementing a coaching framework is being made ever easier by no shortage of willing employees. There is a growing awareness from employers that both new hires and existing employees have a desire for coaching as an ongoing benefit, and they are placing a lot of importance on it.
Whether it’s for career development, well-being, or needs such as developing leadership skills or coaching for sales professionals, the growing demand means coaching is becoming a normal part of employment.
Really encouraging, is how employers are also putting a lot of importance on this powerful win-win benefit. The conversations around how to ensure people are thriving at work is heart-warming. Caring employers want to give their people the opportunity to share their thoughts, express their views, be clear on their goals and be confident about trying new things.
Encouraging people to talk is a great way of being able to understand how to help them
To have meaningful conversations about how your people feel, what’s concerning them and what they want out of life is becoming the norm.
Revealing things at work about oneself can be daunting and if the conversation is not handled in the right way, it could make someone vulnerable.
Yet, stepping into the right discussions with an expert coach who can focus solely on your employee’s aspirations, means the experience can be liberating – tapping into a whole new level of thinking and doing.
This needs to be done right to make sure the conversation is safe to get the best out your employees, and they can get the best out of themselves. The best practice here is to use impartial coaches who are fully qualified with vast knowledge and experience of both coaching and business.
Removed from the day-to-day politics and dramas, the coaches are not influenced by everything happening around the workplace. There is no prejudice, no judging, no bias. The discussion is objective, and it is easier to bring to the table sensitive topics of discussion.
Because the coaches are not part of your team or business, there is trust and reassurance that they are not going to share what has been said with colleagues or line managers. Openness and honesty ensue, resulting in coaches experiencing a deeper understanding of what is really happening.
Coaching can help to keep your people motivated
People are responsible for motivating themselves. It should be an internal drive not an external expectation.
However, it is an employer’s responsibility to provide a stimulating working environment and a focused supportive culture where your people feel respected, valued, and able to take responsibility for their own performance and promotional opportunities.
Taking your employees to a whole new level takes so much more than a new job title, or different perks or a bigger team to manage.
They need reassurance and commitment from you that they fit into your long-term plans. And, as they go up the ladder, they need to know what good leadership looks like so that they can be it.
Coaching as an investment in leaders
Someone may be technically good at what they do, but that doesn’t automatically make them a good manager or leader. Once promoted you expect them to suddenly lead well with consistency. To grow and develop as a leader means developing new behaviours.
By opening a manager’s eyes as to what goes on in other organisations and by listening to the experiences of other people with similar challenges, gives them perspective. It can provide insights as to what could be done differently, and it can provide a real understanding of how to identify what good leadership looks like.
Once exposed to these insights, new ways of doing things usually emerge as it gives them a benchmark.
As a clearer picture forms as to how a person wants to improve, behaviours change. Attitude to responsibility changes too, results change, and a sense of achievement begins to emerge.
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