how coaching can improve productivity in the workspace

Who, exactly, seeks out a coach? If you ask a coach the answer is usually the same: Winners who want even more out of life.”

Abigail Pickus, 2000

What is coaching?

Coaching is a teaching and development approach based on the use of one-to-one conversations to enhance one’s individual’s skills, work performance or knowledge. In a less formal way, coaching is a great way to teach, inspire, help, and push people to the utmost of their potential. It is a way to fruitfully discuss a subject, exchange ideas, and pave the way for a more structured thought around different subjects. Coaching in enterprises has proven to be an accelerator for employees, a tool that can help them excel in their day to day work and individual tasks, and get even more productive.

BRIEF BACKGROUND

But how and when did this idea emerge? Let’s take a brief look at the history of coaching:

Even though the whole concept of coaching is evident in human history since ancient times, the actual term was first used in the 19th century in the academic context. More particularly, the first time the term “coach” was used referring to a person was in the 1830s, in Oxford University. In this case, the term “coach” was employed to describe a tutor who assisted a student with their academic work. The term is thought to have been first used informally, meaning that a tutor was present only to assist a student in achieving a certain goal, or getting from point A to point B. Nowadays, managers and leaders are expected to be proactive and use coaching methods to drive learning and development throughout the organization while also increasing efficiency. There is less reliance on external specialists in the transformation process when such a business culture is developed.

But how can coaching sessions help with productivity in the work environment? Here are a few of the reasons why it improves work performance;

  1. It supports and embeds professional development
  2. It discusses sensitive topics in a secure environment. The management and the employee meet in a private area where the employee can express their concerns as well as the manager’s.
  3. It is a way to bring management and staff closer together. It shows that the company cares about their employees, their well-being and their competencies. When handled properly, it is a way to improve their lives.

4. It aids in the development of communication skills, at the very least between the employee and the management, and ideally between the employee and the rest of the team. This creates more successful teams with stronger alliances based on meaningful connections, among other factors.

5. Coaching increases employee involvement and ownership of their employment by increasing motivation and job satisfaction. Because it considers not just what the person is doing wrong, but also what they are doing correctly, therefore the best coaching encourages and promotes confidence as well.

6. Coaching has a favorable impact on performance, well-being, goal achievement, and work attitudes.

7. Effective coaching aids in the discovery and management of an employee’s strengths and limitations. As a result, efforts are being made to maximize strengths and improve deficiencies (where desirable), as well as overcome hurdles and problems. It also establishes goals or benchmarks for employees to aspire towards, as well as teaching them to stay on track, improve time management, and encourage problem-solving abilities.

8. Coaching is definitely all about having the employees work better in the office, but if done well, it can improve their lives in general.

9. It gives the employee a greater sense of perspective and personal awareness in the future.

                                                     “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” Neale Donald Walsh, author

Coaching is becoming more ingrained in organizations as society changes and progresses. It is an effective way to increase productivity, resilience and confidence within the working environment and it can help build solid relations amongst the employees and the managing team. Overall, it is a great way to learn, get inspired and be more content in your work and your abilities.

And is there anything better than being happy at and proud of what you’re doing?

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