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How can you use coaching to improve employee performance?

Coaching provides a foundation for the daily interaction between manager and employee. It’s a conduit through which feedback can be provided on performance and solutions found to help enable ongoing development and growth. A coaching style relationship not only helps to cement engagement and loyalty among staff but can also be crucial for improving performance too.

When is coaching useful?

A coaching style relationship between manager and employee is a great basis no matter where the member of staff sits in performance terms. It provides a way to keep channels of communication open and ensures employees know that they are supported. It can be especially useful where:

Employees are underperforming

In a situation where an employee consistently does not meet targets or where there are clear issues, coaching is a great tool for turning the situation around. It is an effective way to solve performance problems and offer the employee a way to do better that will also benefit the team and the wider business.

There are no performance issues

Even employees already performing well can benefit from coaching to do better – it’s an opportunity for individuals to continuously improve both skills and the ability to add value to the business. Although coaching is often aimed at employees falling behind from a performance point of view it’s also essential to ensure that those who are doing well also get development support.

Using coaching to improve employee performance

Focus on the issue not the individual

When raising a performance problem with an employee, describe the issue and the situation, rather than focusing on the person. Ask them to help you solve the issue and express confidence in their ability to find a solution.

Identify potential obstacles

Is there anything standing in the way of performance improvement that could be removed? A lack of training, not having the tools to do the job and insufficient time, for example, are all obstacles that can be removed. Temperament is trickier but if this is the performance obstacle then there are also ways in which it can be overcome.

Talk through the potential solutions

If this is a high performing employee then these can be phrased in the context of ongoing improvement. If it’s someone who is having performance problems ask them for input on how to correct or solve issues.

Write down the outcomes

It’s important to keep a record of what was agreed, of the goals that were set and the solutions that have been identified to move the situation forward. It’s also a good idea to establish a date and time to follow up on the conversation. This timeline can be used to establish when feedback might be necessary.

Be positive

Even in a difficult situation, positive encouragement will provide an opportunity for change. It’s essential to express confidence in the ability of the employee to achieve the goals set and to convey the support that you will provide in helping them to do so.

Coaching has a lot to offer when it comes to employee performance. Whether you’re looking to solve problems or give high performers the chance to excel, it’s an incredibly useful tool. Book onto our Performance Coaching Half Day course today.

In-House Training with PTP

PTP stands for Practical Training for Professionals and our aim is to make our training as practical as possible so delegates can return to the workplace with skills they can implement immediately. PTP now delivers training to over 40% of the FTSE 100.

What you get for your money

  • A conference call with the trainer prior to delivery to ensure the course is tailored to your needs
  • Trainer’s travel & accommodation (within mainland UK) i.e. no hidden expenses – the price is fixed
  • Each delegate receives fully comprehensive training notes and a framed certificate of attendance
  • You have the option at no extra to cost to have your company logo on the course notes and/or the certificates
  • As we have over 200 courses in our portfolio we normally don’t charge for any development you require – only if you want a complete rewrite would you incur charges

What is 1-to-1 training?

1-to-1 training can be based on any of the 100 plus courses that PTP provides, it includes an initial telephone conference of up to 1 hour, a 1/2 day (3.5 hours) on-site one to one training session at your premises with one of PTP's expert trainers and then a further telephone conference call of up to an hour within 2 weeks of the on-site visit.

You have the option of a line manager being involved in both telephone conferences, the second telephone conference which can be for feedback and action planning is generally scheduled during the on-site visit.

Who does 1-to-1 training suit?

Individuals taking on a new challenge or responsibilities. Professionals who want a trusted "sounding board" and thinking partner. Executives or managers who want to enhance their leadership effectiveness to achieve organizational and career success. Executives and professionals wanting to compete successfully but still retain balance in their life. Individuals who want to understand their blind spots so that they don't stand in their own way on their path to success. Executives and Professionals who want to improve their interpersonal skills so as to be more effective with bosses, peers, subordinates, or people in general. How much does 1-to-1 training cost?

A 1-to-1 training session costs from as little as £400 + VAT and will include an initial telephone conference of up to 1 hour, a 1/2 day (3.5 hours) on-site training at your premises and then a further telephone conference call of up to an hour within 2 weeks of the on-site visit.

What is U-Choose?

Choose from any of the 150 plus courses that PTP provides, and choose from 1 of our 50 plus UK wide training venues. You must book for 2 or more delegates and at least 4 weeks in advance, but that’s it, the course you want where you want it. The reason we ask for a minimum of 4 weeks notice is to enable us to market the course you have scheduled to other companies and organisations. However, if we fail to sell any additional places we guarantee to run the course just for you.

How much does U-Choose Training cost?

U-choose costs the same as our normal open courses i.e. the normal delegate rate. This includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day, framed certification and comprehensive training notes. A U-Choose booking can only be confirmed once we receive payment which can be made via credit/debit card, BACS or cheque. Payment is due at least 4 weeks before the date you request. Please note to be eligible for U-Choose you must book a minimum of 2 delegates on the same course & date.