Have you ever chased Gary from Accounts around a paintball ground, or prayed for the safe landing of an egg being gingerly dropped from a one-story height by Barbara from Marketing? Chances are you were on a team-building day.
Exercises such as these are used to boost morale in the workplace and promote communication amongst colleagues. And they work, to some extent. They offer a welcome break from the monotony of the average workday, with staff understandably thrilled at the opportunity to talk to their team in a more sociable setting, outside the confines of work-related topics. Barriers are broken and individuals feel more at ease working collaboratively, so you can appreciate the team leader’s frustration when these effects don’t last.
Without the structure that ingrains communication skills into new team behaviour, the results of team-building exercises are short-lived. Group Business Coaching, however, incites long-term change, through regular sessions that focus on real company issues. As trust builds and mindsets are adjusted, collaborative, goal-driven teams emerge from the darkness of the unproductive workplace rut.
Advantages Of Group Coaching
1.Builds Trust And Collaboration
Success within a business is not a one-man-show, although each individual must take responsibility for meaningful change to take place. Coaching develops interpersonal skills, such as listening and providing feedback. As colleagues gain an understanding of the unique motivations, viewpoints and intentions of others, trust deepens and empathy replaces hostility.
As a team eases into professional familiarity, improved collaboration is the natural next step. Group members are more accommodating of their colleagues’ ideas and the silo mentality, or unwillingness to share information, is eradicated. Teams who successfully work together, increase productivity and accomplish goals at both a group and organisational level.
2.Employees Feel Empowered
The sense of being an unstoppable force can be sparked by feeling supported. Group Business Coaching sessions focus on this positivity and teach individuals how to tune into their negative thought patterns. By replacing pessimistic views with more favourable alternatives, employees approach tasks with more assertiveness and interact with one another more comfortably.
Once part of a trusting, hard-working group, team leaders will have the confidence to allow their staff the autonomy to make decisions and act upon them. When employees feel that their contributions to the running of the company are valuable, they may surpass expectations, by, for example, increasing sales or reaching deadlines early.
An open dialogue needs to be retained between group members to ensure independent decisions are monitored for their effectiveness. Group Business Coaching provides the framework for frank discussions to take place, whether positive or otherwise.
3. Staff Engagement Increases
To improve staff engagement, employees must have a firm understanding of the purpose and objectives of the company, or of a particular project they have been assigned to. This seems obvious, but information provided by the project leader can sometimes be ambiguous and members of the group may not feel confident in asking questions.
Through focused discussions and activities, Group Business Coaching seeks to give everyone a voice. Coaches teach effective information-sharing practices, for example, never assuming that a person’s level of understanding of a topic is the same as their own.
Once a person feels informed and supported, their work engagement inevitably rises and they give their best each day. This contributes to company success, as well as enhancing personal well-being.
4. Development Opportunities
Successful businesses do not stay static, but adapt over time. Opportunities for companies to develop fall under two broad categories: finding strategies to rebuild ineffective practices; or developing new practices that push the business beyond where it currently sits.
Coaching participants engage in honest discussions, bringing to light what they do well and areas in which an individual, a team, or an organisation could improve. Led by their coach, groups discuss the best ways in which to take on these challenges, devising a plan that will be closely monitored and assessed for its effectiveness.
5. Identify High-Potential Employees
It is easy to see how those that make the most noise are put up for promotions, while the more meek may be overlooked. This is not necessarily because managers are giving in to overzealous personalities, but may be due to the less confident members of a team not revealing their potential.
Group Business Coaching promotes a positive mindset. By eliminating the self-critical internal dialogue, confidence levels rise and individuals bring more of themselves into the workplace. Their performance improves and they show belief in their capabilities, embarking on a journey towards true success.
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To drive the change process and fire up team spirit in your business, call Dr. Jan C. Wulff today. With over 12 years of coaching experience, he has successfully helped individuals and teams reduce their stress levels and enhance their performance. Make an enquiry through Dr. Jan’s website or book a Discovery Call to find out more.