One to one coaching has been around for a long time, and has helped many people to achieve their career goals and develop professionally, however it is only one part of the puzzle. In recent years more and more organisations have learnt to value the contribution that team coaching can make to a workplace. Recent research backs this up, with the 6th Ridler Report stating that 76% of organisations expect to increase their use of team coaching.
One of the greatest benefits of team coaching is that it fosters an open and transparent culture in the workplace. A safe space, where open discussion is encouraged and everybody is listened to, is integral for developing a team with a high level of trust, and the ability to collaborate effectively. Making sure that your employees feel valued is incredibly important for effective teamwork. A 2018 report says that a third of British workers left their job due to a negative workplace culture, with a lack of trust being one of the main reasons for this negativity.
Focus on Priorities
One of the aims of team coaching is to identify priorities and ensure that the whole team is moving forwards with clarity and cohesion. This helps with motivation and engagement, it also ensures that every employee understands their own role and how it fits into the bigger picture. This strong sense of shared purpose is crucial for ensuring that every team member feels that their contribution is valued.
Greater Creativity and Innovation
When every team member is on board with the priorities and understands their role, they will have a greater understanding of the underlying processes in the business, and therefore how to improve them. With a culture of transparency and open communication, team members are encouraged to ask questions and challenge assumptions, which can in turn lead to greater creativity and innovation and better ways of doing things.
Conflict will always occur in teams, team coaching will not prevent this, it will, however, empower employees to manage it effectively. In successful teams conflict is not regarded as a negative, rather it is seen as a necessary driver of successful performance as it allows for discussion and new ideas to come forward.
Throughout my career, both as a recruiter and as a career development coach, I’ve found that the best employers – the ones that attract, retain and develop the best staff and are held in high regard locally – are the ones investing in their staff, using a wide range of resources to engage staff and aren’t afraid to empower their teams. Not only is this great for business and, let’s face it, profitability but it’s also a very successful way to attract and recruit the very best talent.
Whether you need to ensure that a new team hits the ground running, or you have an existing team that wants to reignite its spark, the long term benefits of team coaching can bring a greater feeling of shared purpose and greater resilience in the face of adversity. If you would like to open a discussion on team coaching, send me a message via my website or drop me an email at [email protected]