You don’t have to be a CEO or a rising executive to take advantage of career coaching! Many companies are offering free coaching programs to help employees dealing with work-life conflict. Perhaps you’ve had a new baby or maybe your parent needs more caregiving support. Or maybe you’re just feeling “stuck” and unsure how to take action on the things that matter most to you. No matter what your concern, a work-life coach can provide valuable perspective.
Here are five quick tips to get the most out of a coaching call
1. Spend 10 minutes to prep ahead of time.
Before each coaching session, spend 10 minutes reflecting on your needs and creating an agenda for the call. What are the most important work-life issues you’re dealing with right now? What kind of results have you gotten since your last call? Get yourself ready to challenge your thinking.
2. Focus on what matters to you.
Be selfish with your coaching time. Talk with your coach about whatever matters most to you right now, not whatever you think you “should” be addressing.
3. Be direct and honest.
You don’t need to impress your coach with your professionalism or your superb parenting skills. Be candid with your coach so he or she can focus on challenging you and encouraging you to meet your objectives.
4. Work toward outcomes.
Measure your coaching sessions on impact. Keep asking yourself this question: “What can I do so that my work and personal life are in line with my goals and values?”
5. Plan a session with your spouse/partner or manager.
Invite your significant other to participate in one of your sessions. Your coach can help you both problem-solve around work-life challenges. Or, your coach can help mediate while you negotiate for your own needs. You might also invite your manager to join you on a call. This could be particularly helpful if you’re planning a maternity/paternity leave, so you can work together to ensure you’re both ready for the transition.
Life Meets Work offers Work-Life Coaching programs designed to improve employee resiliency and minimize turnover. Our certified coaches provide support for employees who are working through key life transitions or struggling with competing demands for their time and attention. Contact Teresa Hopke via email or phone (612-210-3803) for more information about company-sponsored Work-Life Coaching solutions.
More information also available at www.newparentcareercoach.com.