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Successful Coaching in the workplace

Successful Coaching in the workplace

Terms such as leadership, motivation, productivity and teamwork are regularly associated with staff training and development. In their attempt to be more competitive, many organizations are using the coaching approach to training to stimulate their development. Coaching is less formal than business training and is much more open-minded. While training may have a specific set of actions, which the individual must learn and on completion, be able to achieve, coaching looks at the present situation relative to the individual and uses custom-made approaches to achieve an objective.

Furthermore, the traditional 37-hour week from Monday to Friday is no longer the norm. A job-for-life is also becoming increasingly rare. Workers no longer expect to hold down one steady job throughout the course of their working life; many of us will hold as many as eight jobs during our career. Similarly, an increasing number of people are now opting to take advantage of deregulation in the workplace, preferring to work part-time shifts, at night, on national holidays and over weekends. Besides the choice of working flexible hours, deregulation also affords the worker increased security and the opportunity to balance work within personal time constraints.

Such market changes demand that job seekers become multi-skilled, in diverse or related abilities. As competition in the labour market increases, a university degree is no longer a passport to employment; rather employers are looking for people who are innovative, self-disciplined and who are willing to adapt and learn. While all industries have had to change their processes to take advantage of information technology, increased competitiveness in relevant markets has led to increased consumer demands and changing supplier relationships. Effective skills’ training is therefore essential. In order for companies to retain core staff they must demonstrate a commitment to training. Coaching is designed to empower each individual to understand their potential and to identify how they can achieve it. By developing a sound knowledge of the individual, the coach knows when to support and when to stretch, when to challenge and when to guide. Coaching amplifies the individual’s own knowledge and thought processes. It creates a supportive environment in which to challenge and to develop critical thinking skills, ideas and behaviors. Coaching’s strength lies in facilitating and developing personal qualities.

Coaches and trainees collaborate to plan and attain key development objectives, taking into account the goals and objectives of the organization as well as the experience, maturity, knowledge and career path of the individual being coached. The coach will require each individual to examine his or her strengths and weaknesses, and to seek innovative ideas for boosting productivity and attaining personal job satisfaction. Starting from a basis of assessing the individual’s current position in terms of strengths, experiences and potential, the coach will guide the trainee to plan training objectives, which is then broken down into a series and manageable and measurable steps.

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