Make it clear
that anything discussed during coaching sessions remains strictly confidential. The life coach would create a safe space that allows employees to explore their personal concerns and challenges, and then helps them develop healthy ways to bring more fulfillment and meaning into their lives—a path to balance.
find balance and satisfaction in all aspects of their lives translates into them
being more inspired, motivated and engaged at work, a win-win for everyone!
Most everyone has a personal cause for which they advocate to some degree. You can be sure that your employees have a cause personally and emotionally important to them. While numerous and varied, these causes usually relate to helping vulnerable and underserved groups of people. Showing you respect your employees’ causes shows you care and respect them as people.
Companies normally give back to their community through monetary or in-kind donations, so your firm likely has this practice in place now. Typically, the company’s stakeholders decide when and how to make these donations. Consider this: Get your key employees actively involved in the process and charge them with evaluating community needs and where the organization’s time and money could be best spent. It could be a simple change to your current process and would accomplish the goal of honoring their causes.
When team members get to work on projects that they feel passionate about, it doesn’t feel like work. They do it gladly and put their hearts into it—a labor of love. Remember that the
energy and attitude people bring to any area of their life is what they bring
to all areas of their lives.
The entire organization benefits when people work in a positive frame of
As a complement to honoring employees’ causes, find ways to get your employees actively involved in the community. Helping others in need via local volunteering opportunities proves personally rewarding and allows people to create social connections. These activities usually occur outside of normal business hours and likely will not affect your company’s operations.
typical avenues to community service:
- Nonprofit organizations often provide
programs that rely on volunteers to accomplish an array of activities. Allow your employees to select the opportunities
that fit their personalities.
- Local service clubs promote community service and provide a venue to meet other professionals in the area—good places to network and establish friendships and business connections.
- Governmental departments (parks and
recreation, for example) often have programs that need volunteers. Volunteering with like-minded people proves
personally rewarding on many levels. It is healthy for people to get out of the
office and into the community. It can be
physically, mentally, and emotionally rewarding. Such activities also spread the word about
your organization and show others how much you care, raising your organization’s perceived relevance and stature in the community.
is a lot more cost-effective to hold on to your key employees than to
continually lose and replace them. The
cost to recruit, train and integrate new employees into an organization can be
huge, and act as a major distraction to day-to-day operations.
Showing employees that you care about them is one of the best ways to enhance their job satisfaction and keep them engaged. Remember: Show that you care through specific, concrete actions, rather than simply “lip service.” MF
Ron Demonet is a certified life coach and loves working with people who want a little coaching as they navigate life.
Technologies: Management, Training