All About Employee Coaching

Life Coaching In A Corporate Environment

How it works and where to look for employee coaching opportunities within an organisation that match your management or business skills.

Sometimes called Organisational Coaching, coaching employees can be done in several ways:

The Employer Selects The Coach And Pays

Corporate coaching applies when a company has either instigated a coaching program as part of a HR initiative, or agreed to pay for a staff member to employ his or her own coach.

Corporate coaching applies when a company has either instigated a coaching program as part of a HR initiative, or agreed to pay for a staff member to employ his or her own coach.

You may be contracted or even be put on company's payroll.

In most corporate situations there are two coaching relationships.  The relationship the coach and the coachee and the coachee and the company paying the bill.

The department head may identify the issues to be addressed and may suggest possible goals and outcomes.  You may even be asked to coach the department head him or herself.

Do you have executive leadership training or experience?

To be credible and effective coach to managers and other employees within the corporate environment, you need to understand the culture and preferably have worked at executive level.

If you are a bit light on corporate experience, then accredited course on executive life coaching is recommended.

You might also find this book Coaching in Organisations a useful reference.

However, despite the common expectation that all issues may be work related, the coaching can, and usually will, tip over into life coaching issues that could be affecting the coachees performance.

Things such as lack of confidence, poor communication skills and issues with colleagues.

Keep the line of communication clean:

A careful system of reporting needs to be in place that protects the confidentiality and trust of the employee being coached, while satisfying the needs of the employer to know how things are going. The context of this needs to be set up before the coaching series begins so all parties have the same expectations.

In some situations a company may agree to pay for a series of sessions for one of its executives or key team members without extensive reporting and only look to results to see the benefits of employee coaching.

Being familiar with and/or accredited in a personality or psychological profiling system such as Kolbe, Disc or LSI - or one of the many other excellent profiling systems - is also an advantage for the corporate coach.

 Employee Engages The Coach Privately

An executive, manager or employee may decide there are issues where coaching would be of benefit and engage you at his or her own expense, with no company involved.

Coaching corporate employees is a great coaching niche.

The issues to be addressed are usually similar to Life or Personal Growth Coaching but relevant to the coachee's work situation.

The relationship is directly between the coachee and the coach and nothing to do with the company although occasionally the company may agree to pay and not require any reporting.

Sessions may take in such issues as relationships with superiors and other members of staff, asking for a raise or transfer, dealing with redundancy or researching a possible job or career change.

The Team Manager As Coach

Some larger companies put their managers through a coach training course so they can use those skills with their teams.

So if you have management experience, taking a coach training for managers can be an entry to such a position.

If you are a member of the International Coach Federation, they have a Special Interest Group for internal corporate coaches which might be worth exploring.  Check if your coaching association has something similar.

You may also find the information on Team Coaching Skills on this site useful.

Using A Providers of Employee Coaching Services

There are companies which specialise in providing coaches to businesses and organisations. If you meet their employment criteria, you can apply to be be listed as a preferred or associate coach with them and featured on their website.

Learn more about more about the various type of outsourced coaching services and some of the things you should be aware of before registering with them, in working with Executive Coaching Services

There are many areas to specialise in as a corporate or employee coach and you can read more in Jobs and Opportunities for Coaches  And if you need help identifying what your niche might be visit the pages on Choosing The Niche For You 

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