The Benefits of Coaching In The Workplace

The business world is constantly changing, and leaders and managers should ensure the organizations stay competitive. Regular training is one way that companies equip their employees with knowledge on what is trending in their line of business. However, the leadership and management of organizations need to go a step farther and incorporate coaching to impart the knowledge acquired from training.

What is Coaching?

It is a process that gives the employees an opportunity to develop themselves and be the best they can be. Coaching enhances creativity, self-reliance, and performance leading to growth, achievement, and development of employees. It leads to the creation of the best practices, use of skills and resources. One cannot exhaust the benefits of coaching in the workplace. What are the major benefits of coaching?

Employee Retention

Coaching gives employees career development skills making them feel valuable and satisfied. Satisfaction in the workplace reduces turnover and organizations are able to tap and retain talented individuals in the company. Leaders who take their time to improve employees’ skills gain their loyalty and are willing to learn more from their superiors. Coaching gives the leaders an opportunity to teach employees necessary skills to avoid gaps when people retire.

Increased and Improved Performance

Coaching allows workers to fully develop themselves and influence their strengths and abilities to maximize their performance. It boosts their morale and makes them committed to their tasks’ outcome and achievements of the company’s goals. Spending time developing the staff gives them motivation. The employees not only work towards fulfilling their career goals but also align their goals with the company’s needs.

Adding Value to the Organization

Coaching fosters positive attitude in employees towards their colleagues, leaders and their responsibilities. Allowing the workers to thrive in their uniqueness enhances team, and group performance as every individual brings their creativity to the organization. It provides an environment for feedback as employees give their opinions and receive advice from the managers. A good relationship between coworkers adds value to a company and enables individuals and the organization to reach their maximum potential.

Competitive Organization

As mentioned above, coached employees perform better and hence allow the organization to have a competitive edge. The employees adapt quickly to the changing environment as coaching supports quick shifts that are necessary for a business to remain on top. Creative and better-performing employees come up with ideas that increase the productivity of the organization. Coaching bridges the gap between educational theory and the practical business. It helps new employees learn fast and adjust to the company’s culture, procedures and policies.

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Life Coaching Exercises

Life coaching can be helpful for everyone. Some people may have a misunderstanding of what life coaching is exactly. Life coaches can help point clients in the right direction to achieve their goals. Life coaches develop a personalized plan for their clients that will be most effective in guiding them along in life. This article will talk about exercises life coaches can use to get the best information from their clients.

Wheel of Life

The wheel of life is a typical exercise used by many life coaches. The wheel includes eight sections in it. The eight categories are Health, Friends and Family, Significant Other, Personal Growth, Fun and Leisure, Home Environment, Career, and Money. The client would draw a line in the eight sections based on how satisfied they are with each category in their lives. This will give you a visual of how satisfied your client is with all different aspects of their life. This exercise can serve as a starting point in formulating a plan to reach higher levels of satisfaction in each area.

Big Rocks

This common exercise can be used to identify what your client’s values are. Big rocks represent the things your client values most. Smaller rocks and sand represent things they value less and less. The object of this exercise is to identify lesser valued things that may take up more time in their daily life. The client will have a better understanding of what they want to put more time into and what to avoid.

Spheres of Influence

This exercise is designed to help clients understand things they can and cannot control. Although many things are out of our control, we always have control of ourselves and how we react to events that happen. Guide your client through making a list of things they can and cannot control. This will help them accept the things they cannot control and learn to create efforts to influence the things that are within their control.

Journaling

Private journaling can help in many different ways. Journaling is a method of self-reflection and can initiate helpful advice from themselves to better strive towards their goals in life. Encourage your clients to carry a journal with them wherever they go and to keep a writing utensil handy. Set a goal with your client to journal every day for a week, or maybe a month. Soon it will become a habit, and they can gather more information to bring to you during your coaching sessions.

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How To Be A Good Retail Manager

Retail is a tough business. As a manager, you will have to be on your toes at all times. You will have to listen to aggravated customers complaints and concerns. You will be in charge of hiring and training new staff members. All of these responsibilities can be a bit overwhelming. This article will help break down some of the traits and procedures in becoming a good retail manager.

 

Be The Motivation

 

A good overall manager knows how to get people motivated and keep them motivated. Some parts of the job may be mundane and tedious, but they are essential to keeping the business running smoothly. One tactic you can use to get your employees motivated is to ask them how they like the job. Encourage your team to be honest with you and help you understand their perspective of what they like and don’t like. This will open up a dialogue between you and your employees and establish a form of trust and comfort. Recognize when someone has done a good job and reward them for it. Incentives or rewards can serve as their motivators in any job setting.

 

Set Goals

 

Give your employees something to work towards. One mistake is to over-shoot your goals by a long shot. Consistently over-shooting goals will lead to trust issues and uncertainty. Although drastically over-shooting is never a good thing, do not be conservative about your goals with your team. Make tangible goals that you believe you and your team can reach.

Communication is Key

 

Motivating your employees and working towards a set goal are great ways to be a good manager. But, if you cannot communicate well with your team, then your goal will never be reached, and your team will not stay motivated. All other skills and methods of being a good manager depend on your communication skills. Communication serves as the backbone of being a good manager. Communicate with your team what is expected of them. Always keep your door open for any questions or concerns from your team.

Be Interested

 

Take an interest in your employee’s lives. Don’t make every conversation you have with your employees about business. Be personable with your employees and show that you care about their lives outside of the job. This will help set up a lasting relationship with them and help you understand what their needs are. Be careful not to overstep your boundaries with your employees. Keep conversations workplace appropriate and don’t push a topic that they are uncomfortable to talk about.

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Retail Predictions In 2018

Was 2017 the retail apocalypse? Some of the biggest retail stores were found closing stores around the country in 2017. Sears, JCPenney, and Macy’s are a few industry leaders who shut down stores in major areas. The results of 2017 have left people hopeful for beneficial outcomes in 2018. Here are some predictions that people have for the retail industry in 2018.

 

Technology Transformation

 

Technology has played an integral part in the way customers interact with retail stores. In 2017, many of the problems that arose with major industry leaders were that customers were shopping more online than in a store. The changing market trends in 2017 have proven that retail stores need to be able to adapt to the market and customer needs.

 

Artificial intelligence (AI) is predicted to play a significant role in retail for 2018. AI is starting to be used to gather information about customers to understand their needs and expectations better. AI can be utilized for post-sale customer service interactions and even manufacturing. In 2018, retailers should look to invest in AI practices to better serve their customer base.

 

Customer Incentives

 

Now, with more and more consumers shopping online for their retail needs, physical retail stores will need to amp up incentives to get customers in. Shopping online is not only convenient for customers but also offers lower prices than in-store purchases. In-store discounts are a great strategy to get customers into stores.

 

Small shop experiences are the next big thing in retail. Customers crave a unique shopping experience online and in store. Larger retail companies should look to personalize their customer experiences to encourage shoppers to visit their stores. The customer experience may even require some experimental marketing to achieve the personal experience customers want.

 

Logistics

 

Consumers today demand quick and efficient service. Amazon has dominated the retail business for some time and offers options for same day delivery. Retailers should offer an easy way for in-store pickup and research ways for quick delivery. This trend is not new and does not necessarily entail a personalized experience, but it is a key point in creating loyal relationships with customers. In 2018 you may see stores re-construct their front of the store to fit these new and aggressive logistic needs. Stores could offer a drive-through pick-up option or a more inviting storefront to draw in customers with the same day pick-up/delivery option. The easier it is for a customer to receive their purchases at the physical store the better.

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