by Alison Wilson

Workplace wellbeing is not a luxury but a necessity. When employees are physically and mentally healthy, they are more productive, engaged, and satisfied with their jobs. One effective way to enhance workplace wellbeing is through coaching. Coaching helps employees unlock their potential, overcome obstacles, and thrive in their professional lives. 

 

From building resilience to promoting work-life balance, coaching has emerged as a powerful tool for nurturing a thriving, holistic work environment. So let’s dive right into 9 powerful ways coaching supports workplace wellbeing.  

 

  • Building Resilience

 

One of the primary functions of coaching in the workplace is to build resilience. Resilience is the ability to bounce back from adversity and challenges. Through coaching, employees can develop the mental and emotional strength needed to navigate the inevitable ups and downs of their work environment. This not only leads to improved wellbeing but also boosts productivity and job satisfaction.

 

  • Reframing Thoughts

 

There is no doubt about it, negative thought patterns can spiral out of control, contributing to stress and anxiety. Coaching helps employees reframe their thoughts and perceptions. A coach can guide employees in recognising and challenging these thoughts, ultimately fostering a more positive and future focussed mindset.  

 

  • Providing Space

Coaching provides employees with a non-judgemental, confidential and supportive space to talk through their concerns, fears, and frustrations.  Along with gentle guidance to help them move forward, having this outlet can help employees to feel less alone, reducing stress and promoting overall wellbeing.  I have also found group coaching to be very effective in the workplace as it gives a sense of connection and mutual support as well as the time and space to work through issues.

 

  • Builds the Ability to Resolve Conflict

 

One of the most common reasons employees approach me for coaching is due to conflict in the workplace.  Where there are two or more humans together, conflict is inevitable, if dealt with well it can be healthy but can also be a significant source of stress if it is allowed to fester or becomes toxic. Coaching equips employees with the skills to resolve conflicts in a constructive manner, not only easing workplace tensions but also enhancing overall job satisfaction.

 

  • Enhance Leadership and Relationship Building Skills

 

Coaching can  play a crucial role in developing leadership skills. When leaders receive coaching, they are better equipped to manage their teams, fostering a positive and supportive work environment. Improved relationships among colleagues also contribute to enhanced wellbeing.

 

  • Empowering Employees

 

Coaching empowers employees by helping them set and achieve their goals, both personally and professionally. It also helps them to find their own way to achieving those goals, rather than having someone else’s method imposed upon them.  The sense of empowerment and accomplishment that comes from reaching these milestones can significantly boost an employee’s sense of wellbeing.

 Work-Life Balance

Coaching is a valuable tool for helping employees strike a healthy work-life balance. It guides individuals in setting boundaries and prioritising their personal lives, reducing burnout and stress. Coaching emphasises the importance of self-care. Employees are encouraged to engage in activities and practices that rejuvenate and refresh them, ultimately improving their overall wellbeing.

 

Coaching can also serve as a bridge to other wellbeing services. Coaches can identify when an employee may need additional support, such as mental health services or financial counseling, and provide guidance on accessing these resources.

 

  • Increased Self-awareness

 

Coaching encourages self-reflection and self-awareness. When employees understand their strengths, weaknesses, and values, they can make informed decisions about their careers, leading to increased job satisfaction and overall wellbeing.

 

  • Confidence and Self-esteem

 

One of my favourite areas of coaching, so many leaders and professionals and leaders come to me for coaching on their confidence and I’ve seen first hand how significantly confidence can be boosted through coaching. Employees who are confident in their abilities and value are generally happier and more productive at work, benefiting themselves, their teams and their organisations.

 

In conclusion, the role of coaching in workplace wellbeing is multifaceted and far-reaching. It is a proactive approach to building resilience, confidence, improving mental health, and fostering a positive work environment. By reframing thoughts, empowering employees, and providing a safe space to address issues, coaching promotes not only individual wellbeing but also the success of the organisation as a whole. 

 

Alison studied for the Advanced Diploma in Life Coaching Skills and is now an Associate Tutor with Wellness Professionals at Work.  You can find out more about her at getsetbelieve.com.

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