Are you aware of the role of a coach at workplace?
Do you know what would be your responsibilities if you become one?
Do you want more clarity?
Today, all your doubts will get clear.
In the present era, the productivity of employees matters like never before.
Seldom it happens that people in the workplace feel low. Some may be struggling to achieve their career goals.
Others may want to boost their performance. Some may find it difficult to mingle with other colleagues.
You may think:
Why any company would need a coach like you?
The reason is:
The role of a coach is immensely vital.
A coach knows how to rewire the minds of the employees. He/She has the ability to check where are things going wrong.
The coach follows various coaching models and strategies to put things in place.
Do you know what is the most important thing in the workplace?
It is the coaching culture and environment.
The coach helps to make it more positive.
It is not easy to identify one’s mistakes. Seldom people fail to realize their strengths and weakness.
The workplace coach acts as a mirror.
He/she clear goals. Builds expectation and encourage employees to give their best.
The coach builds excellence. He/she assists in filling the gap between the current and desired performance. This leads to a competition of an organization’s goals. It further improves the company’s bottom line.
A positive environment and increased productivity give a surge in the ROI of the company.
In the US the highest paid salary is of the coaches who work with professional teams.
Do you want to become a workplace coach?
So, what should be the next step now?
First of all, you need to understand:
The role of a coach in the workplace.
Even before that you should know?
Why there is a need for coaching at the workplace?
What should be your approach?
What would be a good workplace coaching process?
If you are here, get ready for all your answers. We would also discuss the top tips to help you better.
Let our first jump to our first question and that is:
Workplace coaching- How is the role of a coach important?
How is workplace coaching important?
Well, the answer to this question depends much on the organization’s goals.
Workplace coaching has direct benefits for employees.
Employee benefits bring indirect benefits to the organization as a whole.
Do you know what is the prime role of a coach?
To build confidence in the employees and set the right direction.
Let’s understand in more detail how does workplace coaching help in different ways:
- To tackle emotional issues
- To get through workplace conflicts
- To overcome challenges in career
- To identify solutions to problems
- To find motivation
- To reignite that spark and overcome motivation slumps
- To think independently
- To become accountable towards one’s own decisions
- To develop an optimistic and positive attitude
- To develop high-performance skills
- To develop habits and a clear vision
- To build an effective action plan and abide by the same
Are you fit for the role of a coach at workplace?
How will you know that workplace coaching is meant for you?
How do you understand that you can help increase employees’ efficiency?
Is the professional environment right for you?
The answers to all of the above questions is:
By becoming a corporate fit.
If you only know how to coach. That wouldn’t work. You must understand the organization too.
You must be aware of the culture and dynamics.
Companies are looking for coaches who can blend with their culture well. You must develop a clear understanding of the industry.
You should know what are the companies’ vision, mission, and values.
The company should be able to resonate with your ideas. You must answer all the WHYs to prove that the collaboration would be healthy and fruitful.
Great coaching qualities and skills will be an additional advantage. But what matters the most is understanding what influences the workplace. All the internal and external factors.
And how would you become the right fit?
This will happen when you will follow the right coaching approach.
Your coaching approach will decide what value you can add to the workplace.
It has to be great. It should grab your prospects at once. If you follow the right approach you can sell to high-end paying clients with ease.
Let’s consider what can be the best approach to workplace coaching.
What should be your approach to workplace coaching?( for the role of a coach which is ideal)
A workplace coach at the workplace can enhance the processes.
A lot will depend on what values you follow to coach others.
I believe that you should base your coaching process on the following values:
The most important role of a coach would be- to make coachee excel at their work.
And, how would you do that?
The role of a coach is to set realistic goals for your coachee. Set both short-term and long-term goals for your client
These goals can be around :
- career development,
- boosting performance or
- helping a coachee to improve his habits or skills etc.
After this, you will have to build a solid action plan. Work progressively with your coachee to attain the goals.
Your coachee may come across difficulties and uncertainties. Here the role of a coach becomes important. You must help your coachee to overcome negative beliefs. Get your coachee through potential risks. Let not the motivation and energy become low.
And how do you do that?
By building the right skills and habits. By creating a robust mindset.
The role of a coach is to make your coachee realize their strengths and weaknesses.
Explore past success. Look for what makes the coachee happy?
Is your client short-tempered?
Are some personal problems lowering down your client’s performance?
Is your client not confident enough?
Is your coachee unable to adapt to changing work conditions?
Analyze issues. Get a clearer picture of your client. Focus on how can you bring the SUSTAINABLE TRANSFORMATION.
The role of a coach is let the coachee reach their own solutions. You don’t need to provide them but guide them to reach that stage.
Assist your coachee to take responsibility for their mistakes. Make your coachee feel their setbacks as lessons.
Provide feedback. Feedback which is factual and objective. Base your feedback on mutual assessment of performance.
In the end, you must provide guidance that would lead to a positive change.
And how would you provide this guidance?
By asking the right set of coaching questions.
Yes, coaching is more about asking questions than giving directions.
You must give instructions only to fulfill the implementation needs. Otherwise, keep your focus on asking effective questions. Questions draw out ideas and solutions. This will help the coachee to make their own decisions and find solutions.
If you are new, take care that you avoid these common coaching mistakes.
A 6-step process for building the right workplace coaching strategy- Get the role of a coach clearer
Now I will tell you how to coach in a work environment.
After getting aware of the 6-steps, you will understand the role of a coach better.
This will help you to convince your clients and skyrocket your growth.
At the same time, I would like to emphasis that:
You must encapsulate these into a process.
The duration and effectiveness of the process will come through coaching sessions. You can go for individual or group coaching sessions. The number of coaching sessions will depend much on the situations and your coachee.
You should have the big picture in mind. Think this as a long-term approach. A robust coaching process demands time and flexibility. The role of a coach is to be able to provide that.
Let’s consider the six-steps to understand the role of a coach at the workplace in a better way.
The role of a coach is to determine Purpose and Goals
The first step of a workplace coach is to lay down the foundation. This will set the grounds for the coaching sessions.
Think of various struggles that your coachee may face at work.
Remember that every coachee is unique. His/her problems will be unique. You will come across various personalities and situations. Customize your coaching approach.
The role of a coach is to focus on individual growth.
As a workplace coach, your job is to prepare the coachee to excel in the working environment.
You must make your coachee adapt and thrive in the environment.
If you think you should keep the focus on the individual, then you are wrong.
Your focus should be on the influence that the individual has on the organization.
For this, you must recognize the performance goals.
And how do you understand that?
By knowing the coachee well.
By understanding your coachee’s role within the organization.
There are several questions that you must ask at this stage.
What is your role within the organization?
What are the responsibilities attached to your goal?
Do you think the goals are realistic?
What hurdles do you face while trying to achieve your goals?
Does the company’s environment boost your energy?
The questions will give you various signals.
For example, if your coachee says that hitting the target seems difficult. You may realize that a lack of confidence can be the key here. Now your role as a coach would be to guide your coachee to an optimal path.
This will further require more information. Your coaching sessions should proceed in the same direction.
Analyze strengths and weaknesses
The next step is to learn about your coachee’s current reality.
And how do you do that?
By analyzing your coachee’s strengths and weaknesses.
The performance level is the result of various factors.
The role of a coach is to question the coachee about the current circumstances.
This will help you to get a clearer picture of your coachee as well as his/her current condition.
What does the present condition look like?
Is the situation in your control?
If not, why do you think it isn’t?
Have you faced similar situations before?
What proved to be your strengths in the past?
What lessons can you apply to this situation?
At this stage, the coach must build confidence.
You can take the help of a SWOT analysis.
The questions that you will ask will put your coachee in a solution-focused frame of mind.
This will boost your coachee to explore options and become more open.
This will further take us to the next stage.
Explore obstacles and identify options
By now you would have put your coachee in a positive state of mind.
Now the next goal is to identify potential options.
For doing this, first, we need to overcome the obstacles.
Again asking questions will draw out creative ideas and insights.
What obstacles can hinder your progress?
How do you feel about the obstacles?
How, would you feel if you can overcome the obstacles?
Frame your questions in a way that encourages the vision of possibilities than problems.
Next, discuss how can the obstacles be overcome.
In an ideal world, what can be the best solution?
How can the team reach the best solution?
How does your role impact to contribute to remove the barries?
Who else can help us in the situation? How can they do so?
Is there anything else that we are missing and which can help?
What is the best option and way to move ahead in this situation?
Ask questions that encourage team-oriented thinking.
Replace ‘I’ with ‘WE’, ‘Your’ With ‘Our’. This way the coachee can realize that they are not alone.
This is why the role of a coach holds tremendous value in the workplace. The coaching process turns individual efforts into team efforts for the achievement of the organization’s role.
The role of a coach is to make coachee commit to taking specific actions
Till this time you will become aware of the coachee’s strengths and weaknesses.
You will also get a clear view of the problems and circumstances.
Now the time has come for actions.
Here, the role of a coach is to assign tasks to your coachee with targets and mind.
This should match with the level of confidence and capabilities of the coachee.
Again, remember that this also needs to be a collaborative process. Don’t give advice or suggest solutions. Let it come from your client’s side only.
Craft questions that will encourage this.
What options do you think will work best?
What should be the first step?
What should be our priorities?
Do you think we have sufficient resources to meet the target? If not, how can we get those?
How would we measure our progress?
What would be a good time to review the progress made?
The coach must set plans. Plans that increase the probability to get to the target.
Make sure that you increase the confidence level of the coachee. This will help them to work independently through the problems.
Implementation- the role of a coach becomes crucial here
How would the coachee implement the actions decided?
How will you verify that the tasks were implemented?
You can have an agreement about this.
If there are short tasks, a verbal agreement would do.
For longer tasks, it will be better if the agreement is written.
I would suggest to write down all the action plans on paper. A written/visual representation helps to keep the coachee accountable for their actions.
Review the progress
Here you paly a role that is more of an accountability partner than a coach.
The role of a coach is to review the progress at different intervals.
Explore the progress made. See what worked and what didn’t. Ask the lessons learned. Identify how they could have done it better. Outline the steps to move forward.
How much time would the review take?
This solely depends on the complexity of the tasks.
It can take days or weeks. Even months.
At the same time build supportive relationships. This will help to bring trust and solidify the bond.
What are the three major scenarios in the workplace right now?(And what is the role of a coach?)
Woah! Now you know your role in a much better way right?
You also have an idea of how would your role influence the environment.
After all, a workplace coach holds great importance.
Now I would tell you some major scenarios that you will come across.
You can apply the above 6-steps to any or all of these scenarios.
1. Coaching for career goals’ achievement
This scenario will focus on the achievement of career goals. Here the role of a coach would be to identify what the coachee wants to achieve. Thereafter the coach would help to decide the way forward.
As a coach, your responsibility is to help the coachee to think out loud. They should embrace future opportunities.
The role of coach is to help them to build confidence towards the career.
The role of a coach is to help the coachee to visualize possibilities available. He/She also sets the perfect direction to head towards them.
The coach plans accountability and action. The coach removes barriers and fastens the pace of the coachee towards the achievement of the goals.
2. Coaching to boost performance
Your coach might not be giving their best. Another coaching setting that you can be put to is this one.
Here you identify the possible reasons why your coachee is unable to give their best performance.
The role of a coach would be to bring a positive shift in the performance of your coachee.
And how would you do that?
By continuous motivation and encouragement. By analyzing what internal and external factors are influencing the coachee’s performance. How do they work for the coachee?
Ask sharply focused questions to uncover the answers that your coachee has within.
3. Coaching during performance evaluation
Performance evaluation happens monthly, quarterly or annually in companies. Gone are the days when companies used to tell employees just about their performance. Many companies have taken a step ahead. They have realized that this is the point when an additional step needs to be taken.
And that is:
To coach along with evaluation.
They hire coaches like you who can provide their employees with insights about their performance.
Along with future goals, the employees can realize how their skills can complement the same.
The role of a coach is to throw light on their past performance. He/she discuss ways through which that can be improved.
This is the right time to make the coachee realize their performance. This scenario tests your coaching skills to the fullest.
Tips for living better the role of a coach at workplace
Now you know your role well.
You know what situations you can be put to.
You know what would be the right strategy to guide your clients.
Next, you should also be aware of some qualities that will help to shape you well.
These tips will help you to deal with various clients and situations.
Let’s have a look.
- Become self-aware. Practice what you preach
- Bring specific and well-defined issues to the attention of others
- Build each session with information, examples, and ideas
- Encourage individuals as partners in the organization. Encourage their inputs and trust them to carry out potentials
- Listen patiently. Try to get your clients’ views of the situations
- Set expectations at the beginning of the session
- Ask directly for a commitment to agreed solutions
- Provide resources, support, training, and authority
- If solutions do not turn out as expected provide alternate solutions
Final Thoughts- On the role of a coach at workplace
We have finally come to an end!
What a great journey it was. I enjoyed a lot
I hope so.
The role of a coach at workplaces has become significantly vital. You can have a bright career by becoming a workplace coach. You can target many workplaces. From startups to big corporations.
People are waiting for your coaching guidance.
Why delay then?
Let’s start today.