Coaching can cover a wide range of work-related topics, such as personal development, confidence building, improving work relationships, career progression, specific challenges, issues, opportunities and projects.
Coaching is particularly useful when tackling a thorny issue, facing a difficult decision or experiencing a sense of ‘stuckness’.
Colleagues starting a new role, returning to work after a career break or experiencing major changes may find coaching particularly valuable.
- What colleagues say about their coaching:
‘I am more focused on what I can achieve, rather than worrying about what is beyond my control.’
‘The coaching has given me the confidence and a way forward to deal with some difficult staff and issues.’
‘My managers have commented that I am more confident and proactive at work’
‘I found the coaching questions incredibly helpful as a framework to unpick thorny problems (and often have them in mind now, when dealing with things that come up)’
- What other options are available?
It is important to note that coaching will not always be the appropriate development option.
If you are looking to learn from someone who has faced similar challenges in the past, or who is working at a more senior role in your profession, or if you are keen to gain advice and guidance on issues you face, then mentoring will be a more appropriate development opportunity for you.
If you already know where you would like to improve, e.g. time management skills, or managing difficult conversations, then applying for an online or face to face course may be a more appropriate development opportunity for you.
If you are feeling overwhelmed or unable to cope and need emotional support, or if you would like to explore issues in your past experiences which you feel are colouring your present, counselling will be a more appropriate support for you.