How coaching can help your business
A 2019 study by Oxford University’s Saïd Business School found that workers were 13% more productive when happy. It also found there was considerable room for improvement to improve a worker’s happiness! Subjective well-being and how fulfilled someone feels both at work and in life in general can have a significant impact on their happiness, productivity and, ultimately, the success of your business. Harvard’s Shawn Achor’s work on happiness supports these findings, arguing that ‘happiness fuels success, not the other way around’. To achieve happiness in the workplace it can take investment in an employees mindset and behaviours, including how they perceive stress and how they connect with others.
Below are some of the ways I offer coaching to organisations and the outcomes expected, all to help ensure both you and your team achieve its full potential:
A coaching clinic can be used to provide weekly drop in coaching sessions for your employees and colleagues. This could be one or two days per week dedicated for employees to book a 30 minute slot with a coach.
Coaching clinics are a great way of providing support for your workforce and yet still giving them the freedom to choose as and when they would like extra guidance or help in problem areas. This is particularly useful for those that may have specific or more focussed areas they would like help with or for those going through a period of stress. They can address these issues and develop an action plan with someone independent and objective. This means that as challenges arise within the workplace, they are tackled effectively and quickly whilst improving confidence and personal autonomy.
A package of coaching hours
A package of coaching hours would involve a set number of hours over a set period (e.g. 50 or 100 hours over 3 months). As an organisation you would decide how these hours are allocated across your team.
You may feel certain employees require additional support or there may be staff you want to invest more in for future potential and coaching could be a great solution. I would recommend that whoever is eligible has a minimum of three and maximum of six consecutive fortnightly sessions before reviewing if an individual receives more sessions. This helps to provide ongoing sessions and support for staff members ensuring space and time for professional and personal reflection and actionable insights working with someone outside of the organisation.
One-to-one coaching does exactly what it says on the tin. It provides your employees the opportunity for self-reflection and development to increase self-acceptance, confidence and to empower them across all aspects of their lives so that they can be the best version of themselves at work. They may explore challenges or limiting-beliefs within the work setting or they may want to explore aspects within their personal life. Having a coach to support them to address whatever challenges they face will ultimately help improve their motivation, engagement and potential in the workplace.
One-to-one sessions give the individual the chance to drive the session in whatever direction is needed for them. They may have a self-development budget allocated that they want to use or it could fit within an annual review process or seen as something to sit alongside an Employee Assisted Programme. Speaking from personal experience, being supported through investment in coaching not only helps the individual but also builds their trust in the organisation that is supporting them. It allows them the time and space to develop as a whole and encourage loyalty to an organisation.
If you are a freelancer or self-employed, you are responsible for your own professional development to drive the success of your business. Don’t forget to invest in yourself too, one-to-one sessions are perfect for this purpose!
Workshops are particularly useful if there is a specific area or challenge you would like to target within your organisation. For example, if communication has started to wane, workplace stress has increased or if staff morale has dropped, a workshop as a team can be used to tackle this. Research from the International Coaching Federation (ICF) found that over 70% of those who took part in coaching benefited from improved work performance, relationships, and more effective communication skills. Not only that but 86% of companies report that they recouped their investment on coaching and more.
Coaching workshops are the perfect way to bring you together as a team and navigate through any challenging times or problem areas in a productive and empowering way.
The best option for your organisation will depend on your needs. You are only as strong as your team so investing in their well-being either on a more individual basis or as a whole can be hugely rewarding for your business. As a result, you can increase happiness, motivation, confidence, improve employee retention and engagement and create a positive and inspiring place to work.
My aim in helping your organisation is to develop the individuals as a whole and provide affordable, high quality coaching options, whatever their role or experience. Whether you are in the third, public or private sector, I would love to help.
To find out more, get in touch to arrange an initial chat or to get a quote. Alternatively, if you would like to benefit from this support through your company, please do share this post or pass on my contact details to the relevant people in your team.