Team Management–Benefits of Coaching Employees
When you hear the term coaching, what rings in your mind first? Maybe you're now envisioning a passionate team leader yelling out directions and inspiring every player to play as a team. We mostly associate this term with sports. Coaching is not only applicable in sports but it also applies in business organizations.
In any organization, team management is important. The management of any business organization strives in coordinating its human resources and other resources of production in an organized manner so that it achieves its goals. Handling other resources of production is not difficult compared to human resources. Since machines cannot think on their own, they need people to operate and direct them towards performing tasks they are meant for. Employees are capable of making decisions and increasing their efforts unlike machines which are either manually operated or automated.
The management of any organization should be able to tackle the problems faced by employees while performing their duties. There should be fair treatment of all employees by the management. The management should make employees to feel that they have employment security. This will make employees not to have any doubt of losing their jobs any moment. The management should also pay its employees fair wages that will enable each employees to live a decent lifestyle.
As a team leader, always remember that your duty is to get the desired results through employees who you're leading as a team. A team leader Must motivate, inspire, have a mission, be strategic and win the wholehearted cooperation of employees to work as a team in order to get the desired results.
There is no particular leadership style that has been found to yield the exact positive results always in different situations.
Just to mention, leadership styles are used interchangeably depending on different emotional circumstances or used as a combination since there is no particular leadership style that has been found to yield the exact positive results always. However, authoritative leadership style is commonly used due to it being effective. Authoritative leaders are visionary, motivate employees while working as a team and they make employees to realize how their work contributes towards the larger vision of the organization.
Nine Benefits of Coaching Employees
Coaching employees should be one of the objectives of human resources department of any business organization. It is important for business organizations to train, coach and develop their employees. There are several good reasons why coaching has become popular in many business organizations. The benefits of coaching are as discussed below.
1.) Every Employee is Put on the Same Path
Daniel Goleman in his book, 'Emotional Intelligence' identified six emotional leadership styles and coaching is one of these emotional leadership styles. In a situational leadership (the leadership theory that was developed by Paul Hersey), coaching is used to put employees on the same path. When employees are working as a team and they have the ability, motivation and willing to make the organization succeed it is by coaching these employees that will help them to see the big picture of the organization's goal.
Team coaching encourages every employee to work together as a team. In this case, each employee will have their own strengths and everyone will not be equal but coaching will get each employee to work with their own abilities to reach the goal without facing problems brought about by individual differences among employees.
The team leader who is coaching them will make employees to understand the role they have within the team. The coach also helps every employee to stay focused in achieving the goal that the organization has assigned the team.
2.) Building Confidence and Increasing Competence
Coaching will make employees to be competent in performing the duties they have been assigned by the organization. It also enables employees to build their confidence since they have been coached on how to work towards the attainment of specific goals. Since employees know what is to be done, who is to do particular tasks and how work is to be done they'll not be working on trial and error.
Through individual coaching, a coach works with each employee in the team to build up confidence and to help each employee to reach the level of outstanding performance. The coach also helps every employee in the team to find their strengths and on how to tackle their weakness.
Note that the period of coaching needed is based on each employee's abilities and weakness. Employees who are not competent in performing their work will be coached more so as to improve their competence. New employees joining the team will also be coached more so as to be in the same level as other employees.
3.) Encouraging, Motivating and Inspiring
Employees working as a team are encouraged, motivated and inspired to succeed through coaching. Coaching encourages and motivates each employee in the team to increase his ability. To be successful requires good practice in team management.
Regular meetings and constant feedback are needed to help develop an environment that is ready and willing to succeed. When team members are encouraged motivated and inspired, they'll enjoy working and this makes them to work to their best level of performance.
4.) Commitment to the Main Goals
Coaching helps the whole team of employees to see how short term goals help them in reaching long term goals. It makes employees to realize that the attainment of team's goals ultimately helps them to reach their personal goals.
Employees have regular communication from the team leader who is their coach on how to attain the goals and how to go about team work. They get an overall understanding of their duties and how the goals they have been assigned to achieve come together in the end to help them grow together with the organization.
5.) Shaping Good Leaders
Coaching sets the opportunity for teaching each employee on how to be a good leader. It imparts them with skills of leadership. A team leader passes leadership skills to employees he is leading. If a coach doesn't practice what he is coaching, then that coach will never impart good leadership skills to his team of employees.
Any coach has to be trained and should also be competent. A coach must be able to communicate openly, clearly and understands well the goals of the team he is leading. While coaching the team, employees will learn what it takes to be a good leader. They'll be following their coach's example.
6.) Better Performance
By coaching employees who are working as a team, the business organization gets the most out of its employees. Coaching helps any business organization to unlock the latent potential of employees and reinforce their skills. This makes the whole team of employees to do a better job and improve the performance of the organization in terms of quantity and quality of output.
7.) Elimination of Wastage
Coaching employees enables business organization to minimize wastage of materials and time. Employees become more efficient and effective while working and this eliminates all kinds of wastage in the organization.
8.) Less Supervision
Since the whole team of employees have been coached on what is expected of them and how they should perform their work, they'll want to be left alone to work. There will be no need to supervise them now and then.
They are competent because they have been imparted with the required skills of performing their work effectively and in the most efficient way. This makes them to constantly monitor their performance thus working with minimum supervision.
9.) Low Labor Turnover
Coaching imparts employees with skills of performing various jobs. If there are any short term changes within the organization for instance shifting employees to other departments, employees will move swiftly and willingly since they have been coached on how to perform tasks of these departments. This lowers labor turnover.
Coaching employees more often makes them to have a sense of belonging in the organization. They feel they're of great importance to the organization because the organization is investing in them by coaching them.