If you have lead people, you would agree that one of the most challenging things about it is making them follow instructions. People have varying points of views and background. Some people are more assertive than others. Some are fast learners, while some are average. We cannot have cookie-cutter approach to manage these individuals. Sometimes, even the levels of commitment individuals give toward achieving a goal differ. Are there any ways that you can make employees motivated so that they can do their tasks effectively and more consistently?
Coaching is an effective tool for improving in supporting the professional development of your employees. According to studies, employees stay in an organization when they feel that their career development is being supported by the company. Coaching provides your employees an opportunity to feel that they are supported.
What is Coaching?
For most, coaching is giving instructions and providing details to employees. When we hear the word, we usually think of a sports coach doing exactly what the players need to do. It seems to be a one way street. However, there is more to coaching employees than just this. While in a ball game, a quick instruction that players need to follow for an hour or two is easy, it is more challenging in the office when instructions and feedback must last for far longer than an hour or two. Coaching is about listening and having a conversation. It is about facilitating the processes of reflecting, thinking, and understanding. Below are some of the important things coaching can give to us:
When we hire employees, they don’t usually have the company culture in mind. Through coaching, we will be able to align our employees to our company values. Mentoring and coaching our employees during the first few months of their stay with the company is crucial in developing a sense of ownership and accountability. Coaching, when consistently done, shall allow employees to see how the company values support their work. Awareness that is built through coaching also allows employees to truly imbibe the culture and values we would like to encourage at work.
While having a training and development program is important for professional growth, coaching provides you with an effective means of follow through and support. Whatever our employees learned in class or during an on-the-job or class training can be refined by providing coaching. Companies who have supported their training programs with consistent coaching have proven that the skills learned through training are more easily applied to the workplace. By providing coaching, supervisors are able to check how much knowledge their employees gained from training. Since coaching provides an avenue for open communication, leaders will be able to assess what is lacking, too.In turn, this can be communicated to the training department as feedback, which helps refine whatever professional development programs you already have in place. Employees who have received coaching also strongly feels the impact of their training to their professional development.
A big fraction of employees leaving the company results from a feeling of lack of value. By having a coaching system in place, people feel valued as they know what they can improve and they are empowered to implement changes in their own work. Similarly, those who are responsible for giving coaching will be able to see their impact to others’ lives and career. This gives them a sense of fulfillment. Of course, the more people working effectively in their teams, the more productive the company becomes, which helps leaders feel a sense of direction too. With coaching, not only will the rank-and-file employees feel satisfied with their work, the leaders as well. All these will positively affect employee morale and engagement and greatly reduce employee attrition as well.
How to Get These Benefits?
In order to take advantage of these great benefits from coaching, learning the proper way of coaching is key. This starts with having leaders who truly understand its meaning. They must be armed with the skills and knowledge in implementing proven and proper methodologies for coaching. Remember that coaching isn’t about telling; it is about listening and guiding. It is important to ask powerful questions; questions that will uncover intention, reasons, and understanding. The goal of the coach is to help the employee identify these important pieces of information and empower them so that they can use these to make changes in performance. Coaching therefore is a reflective activity facilitated by a well-trained coach.
If you would want to learn how to apply the life coaching principles in your office, you may learn about it online, research, or read books. You can also look for videos discussing the concepts of life coaching. These resources will definitely help you have an understanding of how you can apply the concepts effectively in the workplace. You may also enroll in our upcoming coaching workshop and be guided by our certified coaches. You can ask questions and also consult with them during the training session. Our next session shall be on the 19th of May 2018. You may click here for more information. For inquiries, you may also call us through (02)4333342 or through mobile (0998)5624984 to 85.