To get the most out of in-house coaching, organisations should consider the following best practices:
Identifying coaching needs and objectives
Organisations must first identify the coaching needs of their employees, which may involve a survey, focus groups, or interviews. Once the needs are identified, specific coaching types and objectives can then be established to ensure that the coaching sessions are targeted and effective.
Selecting the right coach
The selection of the coach is critical to the success of the coaching program. Organisations should look for coaches who have the necessary skills, experience, and expertise in the relevant areas. They should also consider factors such as coach-coachee fit and availability.
Create a supportive coaching culture
Fostering an overall openness to learning is another best practice. Organisations should integrate coaching as a core element of its talent and leadership development strategy. This can involve providing ongoing training for coaches and creating a supportive environment for coaching sessions.
Measuring and evaluating coaching effectiveness
Companies must measure and evaluate the effectiveness of coaching programmes regularly. This can involve collecting feedback from coaches and coachees, tracking progress against coaching objectives, and using people analytics tools to further understand the impact of coaching on performance and engagement.
Coaching is an invaluable means of supporting leadership development, as it encompasses a range of skills beyond technical and professional competencies, including company culture, values and soft skills. Once an exclusive perk for high-ranking executives, coaching has become more accessible to employees of all levels through in-house programmes. By investing in internal coaching, organisations can create a culture of continuous learning and development, leading to improved engagement, retention, and overall performance.
If you want to learn how can UNLOQ enable these benefits your organisation, and help you set-up an in-house coaching program please contact us.