Coaching at work: what it is and what are its benefits
In recent years, coaching has been in vogue, because professionals in this discipline help many individuals to empower themselves in the face of change, improve their interpersonal relationships, get to know themselves better and achieve the goals and objectives they desire so much. This methodology is applied in different contexts: personal, sport, school and companies.
And in the latter case, more and more organizations are aware of the benefits of having the help of a coach to improve the well-being and performance of their employees , which in turn affects the company’s performance.
What is on-the-job coaching?
Coaching at work is coaching applied in organizations. And although the work coach, on occasions, can be associated with the false belief that he is a simple speaker or motivator, this method goes much further: it truly makes people, thanks to systematic work, empower themselves in the face of change and correct those habits or limiting thoughts that separate them from the achievement of their objectives .
The purpose of this discipline is to maximize people’s professional and personal development. It is an educational process that allows learning and encourages cognitive, emotional and behavioral transformation by creating an ideal context for this to occur.
The coaching process enables a relationship between the coach and his client that promotes self-observation, self-reflection and empowerment , thus generating the transformation of people and companies, and causing changes in perspective while increasing motivation and responsibility. Not just anyone can be a good coach, and it is important to train well in order to put it into practice correctly.
Where to train in coaching?
The usefulness of coaching is such that in the last two decades many training centres have emerged that allow those interested in becoming professionals in this discipline to do so with the maximum guarantees of quality.
However, it is true that not all educational institutions have these guarantees. Therefore, in order to receive the best training we must look at some characteristics of the centres . For example, what is the content of the programme, the testimony of former students, whether the degree is recognised and accredited or not, or whether the institution that provides it is prestigious.
An example of coaching training
In this sense, it is a good idea to take a training course at a prestigious centre, such as a university. One of the most important training courses in Spain is the “Postgraduate Course in Coaching in the Workplace” offered by the Institute of Continuing Education-IL3 of the University of Barcelona.
This diploma is intended for individuals who wish to acquire theoretical and practical training in order to improve both their own and others’ work skills and competences .
It focuses on three main areas: improving the organisation’s self-awareness, helping teams to achieve their goals and solve their problems more effectively, and empowering managers in managing people and their own work performance by encouraging the development of their managerial, emotional and personal skills, and applying new leadership models through coaching.
In addition to imparting valuable knowledge, this training action offers an individual coaching process, so that the participants can develop the emotional competencies necessary for professional practice as a coach .
The course has an extension of 30 ECTS credits, lasts one year and starts on October 19th, 2018. For more information, you can click on this link.
Benefits of coaching at work
Coaching brings many benefits to both workers and companies. What are these benefits? We will look at them below.
1. Improves teamwork
Group cohesion is necessary for workers to feel comfortable in their jobs, be motivated and perform better. This can be achieved thanks to the methodology of coaching and, in particular, team coaching, and is key to achieving healthier and more productive relationships .
2. Allows you to define realistic objectives
Coaching helps workers and organisations to be realistic in their goals, to be aware of whether or not these goals are achievable and, if necessary, to restructure their beliefs and behaviour to achieve the objectives .
3. Strengthens individual skills
Coaching not only helps organisations , but the people who are part of it also enhance their personal skills and improve their performance and health at work.
4. Improves well-being
The occupational health of workers must always be a priority for companies. Happy workers perform better and better.
5. Increases creativity
Thanks to coaching, employees and managers are much more creative in solving problems, as this methodology encourages self-discovery and allows working in “flow state” .
6. Reduces conflict
This practice provides tools that help coachees overcome obstacles and resolve conflicts that may affect the work environment.
7. Favours adaptability to change
Resistance to change is a big problem in companies, as the environment is changing and employees sometimes have to learn to work differently than they used to.
This is especially important if the upper layers are not flexible to change , as their decisions affect their subordinates. Thanks to coaching, managers improve their adaptation skills and those of their team.
8. Increases motivation
When employees feel aligned with their work and feel comfortable in the company they are in, their motivation increases. Motivation is one of the most important personal variables and one of the essential skills to perform optimally in a workplace.
9. Increased productivity
When employees and managers resolve conflicts better, are more motivated and happy, are more creative and adapt better to change, the company notices. After all, the company’s results are the result of the work of its employees.