A round up of the latest news and events to happen in the coaching and mentoring community. You can search the Coaching at Work archives by using the search box on the left.

LEGAL & GENERAL INITIATIVE BOOSTS STAFF PROGRESS

Embedding coaching in Legal & General’s talent development programme has improved retention, employee engagement and performance. Legal & General created the Step Forward programme in response to a perceived lack of development opportunities for staff at lower grades. The programme, which focuses on supporting a coaching culture, has become embedded in the organisation and is […]

L&D BEST PLACED TO ‘OWN’ BUSINESS PRODUCTIVITY

Learning & Development (L&D) departments are best placed to improve productivity – which 82% of business managers say is an organisational challenge and 96% say is an organisational priority for the coming year, according to research. More than three-quarters (85%) of business line managers believe L&D is best placed to take ownership for workforce productivity, […]

UK PROFESSIONALS: COACHING IS ‘CRITICAL’ TO SUCCESS

Coaching is integral to productivity and performance, with 84% of workers saying that coaching should be part of every business’s management and development programme, according to a survey of more than 1,000 UK professionals by City & Guilds Group. The survey asked professionals their thoughts and experiences of coaching in the workplace. Some 76% of employees […]

STAFF ENGAGEMENT MEASUREMENTS OFTEN UNCLEAR

Engagement surveys can give an inaccurate measure of true engagement – many staff who seem engaged are not at all, according to research by Ashridge Executive Education, Engage For Success and Oracle. Engaging employees is still proving to be challenging, finds the research. Only a quarter (25%) of teams were engaged while almost a third […]

TRUE POSITIVE GROWTH POST-TRAUMA IS ‘UNLIKELY’

A growing body of research suggests that post-traumatic growth is widespread, but very few studies have assessed people before and after traumas to establish whether positive changes have actually taken place, suggests a study published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. The idea of such growth is more likely to be mostly illusory […]

BITC EMPLOYEE GUIDE TACKLES DOMESTIC ABUSE

Business-led charity Business in the Community (BITC) has launched guidance for supporting employees who may be affected by domestic abuse. An estimated 1.9 million adults aged 16-59 experienced domestic abuse in the last year in the UK while two women each week and one man each month are killed in England and Wales by a […]

NEWS IN BRIEF

Step up support for those retiring As State Pension changes come into force in the UK, the Centre for Ageing Better urges employers to talk more and support staff more to help them plan for retirement. The Centre’s report on retirement says a significant number of people worry about retiring, and that there’s a general […]

TECH STILL BIASED AGAINST WOMEN

It will be another 12.5 years before the UK tech sector achieves gender balance, according to research by specialist IT recruiter, CWJobs. By Liz Hall The research found that most companies are struggling to level the playing field, and almost nine in ten (87%) respondents agree that a gender imbalance still exists. This imbalance is across […]

ICF: COACHING IS A ‘POWERFUL’ MANAGEMENT TOOL

Coaching is the most helpful activity in achieving the goals of change management initiatives, according to research. Addressing leadership style, strengths and blind spots; overcoming resistance; building resilience and change readiness, and finding processes and tools, are the most frequently cited reasons for using coaching activities for change management, according to a survey by the […]

EMPLOYERS MUST WORK HARDER TO EMBED DIVERSITY

Industry commentators warn that the UK Government’s measures to boost Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) employees’ career progression are set to fail unless employers choose to play ball, changing how they develop such staff, for example. The government’s moves include obliging employers to disclose their race pay gap statistics, the Race at Work Charter […]