Team-playing chimpanzees may hold key to human trait

It’s monkey business, but not as we know it: teamwork has its roots in chimpanzees, say scientists. Teamwork has been essential in humanity’s greatest achievements, and team coaching is now all the rage. But it’s still early days in terms of its development. Coaching buyers have reported that some so-called team coaches are not up […]

Budget 2013 gives tax relief on health interventions

Health coaching is set to be given a boost following the UK government’s introduction of tax relief of up to £500 for employers funding health-related interventions. In his fourth budget, UK Chancellor George Osborne said, “Companies that look after their employees, and help them return to work after periods of sickness, will get new help […]

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Accreditation Forum The Coaching at Work-led Accreditation Forum met on 18 February to discuss progress on increasing clarity around accreditation to help coaching buyers and sponsors. The professional coaching bodies are currently preparing documents tabling their different accreditation requirements, criteria and approaches. Three of the bodies – the International Coach Federation, the Association for Coaching […]

One in three people stressed at work

Work is the biggest cause of stress in people’s lives, according to research by Mind. Work is more of a stress factor than financial problems or health, finds the study of more than 2,000 people. One in three (34 per cent) say their work life was either very or quite stressful, compared to 30 per […]

GSK initiative gives 400% ROI

By Liz Hall GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) coaching initiative is delivering a return on investment of around 400 per cent, according to highly conservative estimates. The initiative, spearheaded by vice president coaching, Sally Bonneywell, is delivering many benefits, including helping GSK transform its culture to cope with unprecedented change. Coaching at GSK forms an integral part of […]

Downey launches low-cost automated eCoaching

How can you roll out inexpensive coaching to the masses or develop clients into geniuses? Myles Downey believes he has, or will have, the answers. The founder of the School of Coaching, which he left two years ago having sold it in 2009 to Texas-headquartered JMJ Associates, believes it’s time coaching was made available to […]

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Work shy Shy employees may be missing out on promotions because they’re not pushing for them, suggests research commissioned by Stagecoach Theatre Arts School. The study found many workers believe they have failed to climb the career ladder or earn a pay rise because of a lack of confidence, according to Digital Hub. The study […]

Clinicians: from expert to enabler

By Stuart Rose and Liz Hall Training medical professionals in coaching skills is increasing patient satisfaction and self-efficacy and helping clinicians to be more resilient, suggests an initiative in the NHS. Coach, GP and consultant in public health, Dr Penny Newman, who co-designed health coaching training in the NHS Midlands and East, shared findings from […]