Creating a coaching environment, in other words a safe space, for employees are becoming more crucial than ever before, especially moving on and navigating through various challenges in the workplace.
At Lighthouse Coaching, here are some methods and actions we recommend to take in order to create a safe coaching environment:
1. Sharing our lessons
In an ideal coaching environment, knowledge and information are both essential for the growth of everyone involved.
Thus, to build a coaching environment everyone has to play their part.
Meetings or groups where everyone can share their knowledge and lessons learnt are helpful as everyone involved can stand to learn something new.
2. Mentoring opportunities
Why provide opportunities for our people to become mentors?
Mentoring helps our people see things from different perspectives.
It also makes them challenge the processes and issues at work in a reasonable manner.
When this happens, our people may even come up with new solution to their problems at work too.
3. Provide coaching experience
Everyone has to start somewhere, and the same can be said about coaching.
In order to coach effectively, our people not only need the experience, but also feel good about getting better at coaching.
As leaders, we should provide opportunities for our people to practice coaching and provide positive reinforcement for them when they are able to successfully coach others.
That way, we can train our people to become better coaches for their colleagues at work.
4. Leading by example
As leaders, we need to play our part too in creating a coaching environment.
We can do this by demonstrating our commitment to the coaching process. How?
We need to be open to coaching from our people, as well as get involved in the coaching process for our people.
When that happens, our people are more likely to accept coaching as an integral part of their work, and be more open towards the various aspects of coaching.
Want to know more about how to can create a coaching environment for the benefit of your people and organization? If your answer is “Yes”, talk to us at Lighthouse Coaching today and let us assist you in the process of creating the perfect coaching environment!