Performance coaching must evolve to address wellbeing

Nothing in life is ever black and white, especially when it comes to our health and wellbeing.

It is often assumed by employers that being at work is a unilateral declaration of good health, even though many people will still go into the office and work conscientiously when they feel less than 100%.

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Drawing a line – who won’t you work with?

Deciding not to work with a particular client is a really difficult decision, especially if a client appears distressed or vulnerable in some way.

The good thing is that this happens quite rarely. My inclusive approach to coaching means I am prepared to coach anyone who is well enough to be at work, whether or not they have ongoing health or wellbeing concerns. The basis for deciding whether to work with a client or not, is the same for all clients – are they able to engage with the coaching process or not.

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Wellbeing shouldn’t be a ‘hidden’ agenda

There are times in my professional life when I feel like I’m operating undercover because some aspects of employee wellbeing are still taboo subjects for employers and staff.

When I’m contacted by an organisation and asked to coach someone, it is almost invariably to help them perform more effectively at work.

But many of my coaching clients tell me, in confidence, about the wellbeing challenges they are living with and struggling to manage such as stress, physical or mental health problems, caring for a family member or marital breakdown.

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Are line-managers being left to do the ‘heavy-lifting’ when it comes to managing wellbeing?

Thanks to research, especially by The Work Foundation, organisations are now aware that an employee’s long-term productivity depends on more than just talent, drive or even interpersonal skills. It’s also vital that an individual’s wellbeing and personal circumstances are taken into account because this can have a powerful effect on their motivation, focus and performance.

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Professional coaching – a buyers’ guide

At this time of year, just about every email that lands in my mailbox heralds a new opportunity to buy that perfect present for a special person in my life.

While my response to this marketing bombardment is usually a groan of ‘bah humbug’, I am (secretly) grateful for the early prompts. It always feels much more productive to plan my gift shopping in advance than spend a frenzied Christmas Eve armed with a long list of recipients but zero inspiration.

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