As we all know, work is all about work - getting things done in the 9 to 5. Believe it or not, even on those days when we’re slammed with tasks, we’re not getting as much done as we think we are. That's where a career coach comes in.
The workplace today has an engagement problem, explains Ace-up career coach Linda Stacy: “All employers want engaged employees, but it’s a big issue in the United States.”
According to Gallup, “Only 13% of employees are engaged at work, meaning the vast majority of working adults who don't enjoy their jobs are costing US companies roughly $450–$550 billion annually,” Stacy shares. But, it’s shown that companies with higher employee engagement rates have higher earnings per share.
So if engagement is what a company needs to thrive, how do you get it? Working with a career coach in the office can help expose problems, and drive employee engagement up. Below, Stacy highlights how career coaching can contribute to improving employee performance and engagement.
1. Cutting Down on Distractions
In a day and age where you can bring your work home with you, it shouldn’t be a surprise that employees’ personal lives and problems travel with them to work. Loss of engagement begins outside of the workplace, and employers need to understand that boosting productivity means helping employees in all aspects of their day to day.
”If career coaches can help employees sort out and learn news ways to manage all aspects of life,” explains Stacy, “they will be better prepared to be ready for work when they are at work. When matters are in order, we are all much more productive contributors.”
Helping employees manage their life also helps enhance off time, meaning refreshed and productive employees in the workplace.
2. Acknowledgment Boosts Productivity
You don’t (necessarily) have to throw a party every time an employee excels, but it’s important to measure and recognize progress and achievements. This means employers should make it a goal to record employee advances to chart patterns and growth within the company.
Sound too much like big brother? In a culture where we track our steps, calories, and sleep, it only seems natural to monitor our work in a similar manner. With the help of a coach, this undertaking will be even less daunting, says Stacy. “Career coaching can help a manager understand the importance of acknowledgment and help a team set/define clear expectations, with built-in measures!”
When it comes time for quarterly reviews, growth, and progress or objectives to work on will be much more apparent to both parties.
3. Establish a Framework
While we can come into the office fresh and ready to work, many of us are too bogged down by the mundane day to day tasks like answering emails or scheduling calls to deep dive into heavy work. It’s rare to be born organized, and many of us lack training in productivity. These hindrances weigh employees down, slowing the work day to a halt.
With the help of a career coach, this issue can easily be solved through the use of workshops.
As Stacy explains, “Productivity workshops with a career coach set up a forum where individuals can learn new techniques. For some, the new techniques are incorporated into what they already do.” When employees learn ways to cope with little day to day tasks, they can free up brain space for creativity and in-depth work.
Creating a conscious plan to boost engagement will yield a massive change in the workplace. Stacy explains, “When the basic tasks are well-ordered, when we have a sound structure within which we conduct our work, we have more energy and creativity to be innovative in the workplace!”