#METOO FOCUSES BUSINESSES ON FEMALE LEADERSHIP

Growing numbers of forward-thinking businesses are turning to coaches and mentors to develop their female employees, as the business community is rocked by yet more damning revelations of widespread sexual discrimination and harassment at work. Liz Hall Leadership coaches Hetty Einzig and Eunice Aquilina are among those reporting a rise in the number of organisations seeking help with developing female employees, and from women leaders seeking coaching. Aquilina, founder of EA Consult, said, “We’re currently seeing a renewed commitment in organisations for a greater presence of women in senior leadership positions.” Liz Dimmock, CEO and founder of social enterprise Women […]

COLLABORATE OUTSIDE COACHING TO BOOST CREATIVITY

How can we be more creative and innovative in the coaching and mentoring industry? By collaborating and building communities within the profession and seeking inspiration from outside it, according to a group of thought leaders and seasoned practitioners quizzed by Coaching at Work. Lis Merrick, EMCC UK president, said, “By increasing the amount of collaboration and community of practice building that we do. Many coaches and mentors feel quite isolated in their practice and it is difficult to be creative and innovative without being part of a body like the EMCC UK/AC/ICF or of the work of the FCC.” Sally […]

HBS TESTS STRESS IN TOP ROWERS

Coaches and mentors fostering resilience in clients will soon benefit from wisdom gleaned from a record-breaking rowing team. Henley Business School has partnered with British team Heads Together and Row, who in December 2018 will take on the 3,000-mile Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, a world famous rowing race from the Canary Islands to Antigua. As well as supporting the crew of three men and one woman, Henley will work with the team on a research project focusing on developing individual and team resilience over time, with Henley researchers following their training, tracking performance and resilience markers and documenting performance during […]

TOP TRANS-INCLUSIVE EMPLOYERS ANNOUNCED

Stonewall has published its inaugural list of the most transgender-inclusive employers in the UK for 2018. They include the National Assembly for Wales, Pinsent Masons, Gentoo, Lloyds Banking Group, Cardiff University, Baker McKenzie and Berwin Leighton Paisner. Research published by Stonewall in January revealed 51% of trans employees have hidden their identity at work for fear of discrimination.

ECONOMY COMPROMISES WORKER HEALTH

Workers on zero hours or temporary contracts often receive a lower level of care around health and wellbeing than their permanent, full-time co-workers, according to a survey from the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health of 500 non-permanent workers and 100 business leaders in a range of UK industry sectors. According to the report, 64% work without sick pay and 43% without holiday pay.

WELLBEING INITIATIVES ARE GROWING

The proportion of organisations investing in workplace wellbeing initiatives generally has risen from 36% to 42%, according to a survey by Aon Employee Benefits. With good reason: 68% of employers highlighted stress and mental health-related illnesses within their workforce, compared to 55% last year. Aon’s Benefits and Trends Survey 2018 also reveals the proportion of employers offering health and wellbeing apps to staff has increasing from 21% to 48% this year.

WILLPOWER STUDY QUESTIONS EGO DEPLETION EFFECT

Research has called into question the theory that willpower is a limited resource. Liz Hall A large-scale replication of earlier research failed to find what’s called an ‘ego depletion effect’, while a meta-analysis argued impact is minimal. Ego depletion is the term for the idea that willpower is like a fuel that burns low through repeated effort, and that once it does so, we lose focus and succumb to fulfilling our immediate desires. Research from Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, suggests that if anything, participants’ willpower replenished over time. In their preprint paper released at PsyArxiv, Practice Conquers it […]

CALL FOR BETTER WORKING PRACTICES FOR OVER 50S

UK age awareness charity, the Centre for Ageing Better’s call for employers to step up support for older workers could pave the way for greater opportunities for coaches and mentors to contribute in this arena. As the number of people aged 50 or older in employment reaches a record number, UK Government and employers should ensure that working practices cater for the needs of older people, says the charity. It urged employers to make sure they support older workers to help them enjoy a fulfilling career for longer, utilise their skills and help them save for retirement. The Office for […]

NEWS TRENDS: ARE YOU ON TOP OF YOUR GAME?

As we move further into 2018, we asked prominent industry leaders and thinkers to share their vision for what lies ahead. Part 2: trends and challenges in coaching supervision, coach training and mentoring   Coaching supervision For many practitioners in 2018, tightening time constraints in our full-on working world and squeezed budgets mean it will be a stretch to commit to supervision this year. Yet getting quality supervision is becoming increasingly important as a way for discerning organisations and for practitioners to show they’re on top of their game. In addition, as more and more coaches work with teams, supervision […]

TALKING TEAMS: THE ROLE OF THE TEAM COACH

Georgina Woudstra seeks to stimulate thinking around the growing landscape of team coaching. This issue: are you clear on your role? In our first Talking Teams, we looked at ‘What makes a team?’ (vol 12.6) and in the second, ‘What is team coaching?’ (vol 13.1). Answering these questions for ourselves is critically important to working as a team coach, as it provides the context for the next BIG question: what is the role of the team coach? It is the topic that generates the most confusion, in my experience of training in team coaching for the last seven years! I […]