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Coaching
The Differences Between Managers vs Coaches

Both managing and coaching are essential to run a successful organization, but they have different objectives and results. So, what is the difference between coaching and managing?

 

These are the differences between coaching and managing

  • Managing is mostly project-based, delegating, organizing, providing feedback, and training employees.
  • Whereas, coaching has a much broader view and involves co-operating, motivating, developing skills, advancing work relationships, and developing a workforce for better outputs.

The key to an exceptional workforce is coach them first and then manage. Traditional methods of managing such as annual reviews are a thing of the past and do not qualify as coaching anymore as they lack the provision of quality feedback and there’s never enough time for efficient goal-setting.

The new-age coaching talks about frequently interacting with your employees and providing a way for growth and development. There is a reason why an increasing number of people now opt for ICF accredited online coaching certification programs and online business coaching training to add coaching as a skill on their resume.

It is to go ahead not only as a manager but as an online certified coach, a life coach, a corporate trainer, a business coach, and so on. An online professional coaching certificate gives you a chance to gain that competitive advantage. A coaching incorporated managing may require more time and effort, but the results are far more impressive than traditional project-based management.

Here are 4 ways to flow & transform from a traditional manager to a coach

  • Provide Questions not Solutions
  • Target Excellence
  • Stay Connected
  • Provide Questions not Solutions:

A business coach helps to stimulate thinking by not telling employees what to do. Ask in-depth questions like, how can I help you to grow? What is something you don’t understand? What skills do you want to develop? Let the employee come up with solutions by himself, you can come up with ideas on how to support the solution better.

Target Excellence:

A good coach not only manages the talent but also helps them in becoming the best. A coach knows how to paint the big picture, he asks the employee about his personal goals and relates them to team goals and eventually the company goals.

This offers a bigger perspective and turns the ordinary into the extraordinary. A team may not always have the greatest players, but a true coach knows how to motivate a team by challenging them with new ideas and concepts.

Stay Connected:

Effective coaching occurs actively on daily basis. Every interaction with the employees should be considered as a potential coaching opportunity. Find out all means to give continuous feedback. If an employee did a good job, try to find out what made them deliver. This approach helps others around to learn from good examples as well.

Nowadays, coaching is all about recurring feedback and continuous improvement.

A good coach understands the game, but more than that, they care about their players. Best managers who are considerate and focused make the best coaches. A true leader is both a manager and a coach. If you can do both, you can create the winning team.

To learn more about coaching and to become a coach yourself, consider enrolling in our ICF-certified coaching programs to build on your coaching skills and become a professional business coach for personal and professional success.

Our 3-month Fast Track Core Foundations ICF Certification program (Module 1-5) https://flowcoachinginstitute.com/fast-track-online-icf-acc-coach-certification/ 

Our 3-month Business Coaching ICF Certification Program https://flowcoachinginstitute.com/online-business-coach-certification-program/

 

Talyaa Vardar

Coaching
7 Signs You Are Reaching Exhaustion

Does your schedule seem overbooked? Do you forget to take out time for yourself, friends, or family? Do you check and reply to emails while you gulp in your breakfast hurriedly? Being constantly on the go can wreak havoc on your stress levels and before you realize you've reached the tipping point for burnout and exhaustion.

It’s a common misconception that only overly ambitious people reach exhaustion but that’s not true. Burnout can happen to anyone and can manifest mental, physical, and emotional symptoms with continuous stress and burden. When you are really busy and distracted, you end up ignoring small signs and fight your way through the days. Your stress levels keep rising and every task seems important and urgent.

It's like paper jamming in a printer. You cant find your flow anymore and don’t enjoy activities like before. As humans, we are not designed to be always functioning 24/7. You need time so you can rest and charge yourself, energize yourself and reboot otherwise you can crash.

Burnout is very dangerous as it is incremental stress. Every day you get a little more stressed out than the day before and then one day it all hits you like a train and now it's too late to fix it fast because of the delayed effect of it.

If you wait for a burnout to hit -- it will take a much longer time to get out of it when compared to seeing the signs beforehand and realizing when to stop.

Seven Signs You Are Reaching Exhaustion:

  1. You feel exhausted and tired all the time.
  2. You are an insomniac, even though you are tired, you just can't seem to sleep.
  3. Small daily tasks feel very big and complex.
  4. You experience brain fog and find it difficult to recall what you're supposed to do during the day
  5. Your emotions are on a high, emotions like crying and anger are easy to come.
  6. Your usual love and spice for life have disappeared.
  7. Self-care becomes difficult to manage.

Some of the physical symptoms that might indicate you are reaching burnout are:  

  • Change in eating habits and weight
  • Abnormal sleep pattern
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Gastrointestinal problems.

If you experience these symptoms, you should discuss them with your preferred health practitioner, therapist, or coach. There are many ways to minimize this such as living in the moment, enjoying the present, and taking care of yourself first.  When you put yourself first, the rest just flows.

The pandemic and the number of changes, stress, and anxiety that have been happening around the world have shown us that a lot of people are not taking care of themselves well enough. Sure, a lot of us stay at home but that also meant that we didn't have a clear distinction between work and personal lives anymore.

This is where you need to be more aware of how you feel and what you're doing on a daily basis to take care of yourself.

Here are some ways you can take care of yourself a little on a day to day basis:

  1. Take some time to journal as penning down your thoughts can help you work through them.
  2. Take a walk every day as it helps you breathe better, you get more oxygen into your system & you spend some time with nature too.
  3. Meditate.
  4. Speak to your friends and family.
  5. Learn to say no.

We hope that this article will help you realize when you need to stop and take a break. If you don't look out for yourself, no one else will be able to.

Talyaa Vardar

Coaching
Life Coaching Skill Development: Becoming a Mindful Coach

Life always gets in the way. We are always so busy. And most of us are caught up in being busy and don’t notice what’s around us or what we are actually living.

Because of that, we miss most of life. Sad, isn’t it?

We all have only one life to live and if we constantly stay busy and are not able to find the time to resonate with life and truly enjoy it -- life will pass us by so fast and you won't even realize what you've missed until the time is gone.

This is where mindfulness comes into play. 

Mindfulness is about learning to be present for yourself and in your own life. It is a state of being that a life coach can and will help you to maintain calm and peace.

It is also an elegant way of attending and witnessing life through your full senses. Being mindful means experiencing the “here and now”, so that you can choose your thoughts, your actions and realize your negative habits to stop them, process past hurts and emotional grudges that are holding you, and not allowing these to take control of your one and only life. What do we say? Life coaching starts with the self.

Steps Towards Building a Mindfulness Practice for Life Coaches

Being mindful is a way of taking non-judgmental attention. Developing a mindfulness practice helps one to build and maintain a “transformational coaching presence” that is peaceful, objective, accepting, and detached.

Create rituals.

Daily rituals will help you to empty your mind and body after your life coaching sessions and outside your coaching practice as well.

Breathe.

Breathing is an important channel of connecting to our souls and body. Ask yourself powerful coaching questions to explore about the link between your breathing, your body, and soul.

Listen.

ICF-certified life coaches are trained in developing active listening practice. Give your attention to what other people are saying and not will help your perception and give you a chance to filter mindfully.

Have quiet time.

Even if it's for 10 minutes -- make an effort to stay alone and have a quiet time with yourself every day.

Listen to a peaceful piece of music every day.

This will relax your neurons and help you to get day’s stress out of your system on a regular basis.

Make art.

Making art provides an aesthetic experience to come to our senses and help us to perceive our inner and outer world in a more intuitive way.

Appreciate your achievements even small wins on a daily basis.

When you take the time to appreciate your small wins, it gives you a boost of dopamine and it reminds you that you did a good job. If not you will just go about your days just doing and not appreciating the progress you have made.

Keep a gratitude diary or journal.

List at least five things that you are grateful for every night (family, health, job, people around you, nature, the beautiful movie you just watched, money, creativity...).

These might seem like small things you can do but trust us when we say that it all adds up in the long run.

If you are interested in becoming a life coach yourself, feel free to email us at info@flowcoachinginstitute.com to learn more about our ICF-certified life coaching programs today. Click here to explore some Jobs For Life Coaches

Talyaa Vardar

Coaching
How to Achieve Solution-Focused Coaching Conversations

Coaching based on a Solution-Focused mindset and effective communication can help people conquer old habits and outdated systems to then move towards a positive shift. It stimulates the beyond-conscious mind which can help the client to explore many hidden possibilities.

In a coaching setting when you ask questions that provoke visual stimuli such as “how do you imagine your future state will look like?” it brings images to the mind and engages the beyond-conscious mind. When you visualize a variety of responses you become empowered to formulate exceptional plans and take effective action.

A combination of open-ended coaching questions and curiosity to find out more can open the horizons to new possibilities. It makes the client pay more attention not only to what's going on within them but also acknowledge their surroundings.

Most humans by nature have limited conscious focusing power which we use. This capability can be enhanced to be used with much more flexibility and this is what most coaching questions aim to achieve. With the correct coaching questions, you can achieve widened access to the client’s life development system and the joy of consciously living from their values. They also get much broader access to the vast range of inner planning tools that they already possess.

What Are Some Sample Coaching Questions I Can Ask?

Some sample coaching questions will widen your horizon and give you ideas on how they create the appropriate coaching questions suitable to your client. Keep in mind that the questions need to be open-ended and developmental.

  • What holds importance for me in…
  • What ways of learning hold the most importance for me in…
  • ...enhancing further capacity for learning (in)…?
  • ...exploring inner knowledge about…?
  • ...exploring specific areas of development (in)…?

Or other questions might be:

  • How may I begin to increase my skills in (abilities, choices…) in the area of…?
  • What are some key ways I can expand my skill with…?
  • Who do I need to become to…

In short, once you step into a deep coaching conversation with the client you need to awaken their genius so that they can live their highest potential.

You can do so by:

  • Phrasing all negative phrases to positive. (if this is not what you want to do, what do you want to do?)
  • Make active use of visioning capabilities and encourage clients to imagine what they want to create.
  • Use a warm and welcoming tone to support people in opening up and avoid shutting down or viewing situations from a narrow point of view.

The main goal of Solution-Focused coaching conversations is to create flow states of connection with your client so they can connect with their beyond-conscious mind. As you work with this technique you will find out your own way of awakening the genius in people by effectively interlinking the mind-brain system.

If you are interested in learning more about solution-focused coaching enroll in one of our online coach certification programs.

 

Talyaa Vardar

Coaching
3 Ways to Help Manage Stress During COVID-19 Crisis

In the current times of uncertainty and difficulties arising due to the COVID-19 virus, it is easy to become stressed which is an unavoidable and inevitable part of being human. During this crisis it's important to learn how to manage stress and act with a positive attitude which will help you to grow resilience and move ahead in life.

One of the traits of successful people is that they recognize the temporariness of stressful situations and accept them as normal and natural parts of life.

They do everything possible to avoid difficult situations despite that when they arise, successful people respond with a positive attitude, learn from situations and keep moving ahead in the direction of their dreams.

For example, If you wanted to become a certified coach and the uncertainty arising due to the COVID-19 virus is stopping you, you can respond in a positive manner by searching for alternate options such as online live classes and continue to realize your dream of becoming a certified coach.

Manage Stress with A Positive Attitude

Optimist people are the ones who have a positive outlook on life. They respond in a swift manner to adverse events and recognize their temporary nature. Optimistic people act with a positive attitude, they know how to manage stress and counter negative feelings by looking at the situation with a positive outlook.

Since your conscious mind can hold only one thought at a time, either positive or negative, if you deliberately choose a positive thought to dwell upon, you keep your mind optimistic and your emotions positive.

Since your thoughts and feelings determine your actions, you will tend to be a more constructive person, and you will start moving forward and more rapidly toward the goals that you have chosen.

3 Ways to Help Manage Stress During COVID-19 Crisis:

Here are three ideas you can use to help you to maintain a positive attitude and manage stress:

Be Determined Not to Let it Put You Down:

Firstly, make up your mind that you will not let the situation affect you negatively and put you down. No matter what, you will respond in a constructive and positive manner. You will stay calm and look for whatever good the situation may bring.

Converse with Yourself Positively

Second, neutralize any negative thoughts or emotions by speaking to yourself positively all the time.

You can say things like,

“I feel healthy! I have lots of time to spend at home and spend the time constructively!”

“I am lucky I have a job that allows me to work from home”

“I can spend more time with my family”

“I can spend more time doing the things I like”

According to the law of expression, whatever is expressed is impressed. Whatever you say to yourself or others is impressed deeply into your subconscious mind and is likely to become a permanent part of your personality.

Find Ways to Achieve Your Goals & Dreams

Finally, move ahead in life by keeping your thoughts on your goals and dreams

When things go wrong temporarily, respond by saying to yourself, “I believe in the perfect outcome of every situation in my life.”

Be determined to maintain positivity throughout. Resist temptations towards negativity and disappointment. View the challenge as means of growing stronger.

This pandemic has changed a lot of things for a lot of us, we also wanted to take the time to let everyone know that we are so proud of you and the fact that you have made it this far as well.

Regardless, the pandemic has pushed almost all of humanity to multiple breaking points and if you ever feel the need to speak to someone or if you need some help, please feel free to email us at info@flowcoachinginstitute.com

 

Talyaa Vardar

Coaching
8 Questions to Help You Get Through the Pandemic

We are in the second quarter of 2021 and the pandemic is still a huge part of our day-to-day lives. A lot of us might have gotten used to what the "new normal" looks like but it's still a challenge every day to go through one of the hardest experiences the human race has ever had to experience.

With that being said, do you feel like you need support to get through the pandemic?

We wrote this article in hopes of it providing you key points of how to get a hold of yourself during the crisis. It is a scary situation and we are all in a loop. But Positive Psychology teaches us that we have the possibility of having positive outcomes when we focus more on the positive. You can switch to that mindset easily by asking yourself the right questions.

The sooner you start the better results you can get. With passing time you can go over them again to gain more clarity.

These 8 questions can help you transform your limiting paradigms and expand your awareness to thrive during the pandemic.

What is working well?

Another way to say this could be “what are you grateful for right now?” list down some things. Are you healthy? Are you safe? Is your family safe? Do you have shelter? Put them all on the list. Take your time to feel the depth of gratitude.

Make this a habit and revisit gratitude at least once a day. It will allow for a shift in your perspective when it comes to your day and finding the positives in them.

What good can you get out of the situation?

The question is not what’s the problem, but what is good about that problem? Do you get to spend more time with your family? Do you save time to do other activities you always wanted to? Can you pay more attention to your kids? When you are happy it's easy to share that happiness with others. Shift that perspective.

How would you like the situation to unfold in the near future? 

Imagine everything as the best-case scenario. How would you achieve that? What kind of a person would you have to become to achieve that scenario? How can you become that person?

What purpose do you have in mind right now?

Once you start living your life purpose it makes everything meaningful. Your purpose may have temporarily changed during this pandemic. Ask yourself “what matters the most during these current conditions?” How can you bring that change needed?

What strengths are useful during this time? 

There is always a preferred way of doing things, but adversities may change the situation and you may have to come up with new ways of doing things. It is a good way to reflect on what are your strengths and how can you modify them to suit the current times.

How can you enable growth through this time? 

Try to find ways on how to develop yourself during this time. Don’t let complaining or blaming become your habit. Find new tools such as meditation, mindfulness, and reading to find what skills and knowledge you can acquire during this time.

What do you need to learn right now? 

Are you looking for a new career? A new skillset? Do you want to become a coach? Online learning enables you to do that even from the comfort of your home.

Who is in your support system? 

Everybody is united during this pandemic. You have something that can help someone else and someone else can help you. Be vocal in what you need help with. It may seem like you are vulnerable but it's often joyful if someone gets to help someone. Stay connected with your loved ones even through digital means.

These questions might pose a challenge to some people. But a trained coach or an ICF Certified FLOW Coach equipped with the skills and knowledge of Positive Psychology can help you. Get in touch with us at info@flowcoachinginstitute.com

Just because we're isolated doesn't mean we're alone. Don't be afraid to ask for help. We are here for you.

Talyaa Vardar

Coaching
COVID-19 Existential Crisis as a Catalyst for Spiritual Growth

With the disruption of the COVID-19, we all are forced into some form of an existential crisis along with social distancing and self-isolation. In such a time of crisis, the lens of FLOW coaching philosophy might help us to start to see our condition as a catalyst to our spiritual growth.

FLOW coaching sees life as a creative process, thus current reality as a form of catalyst to a better form of future. The reality that we are all in is perceived as a medium to learn and grow.

We all have choices, but most of the time our conditioning from the early years of life makes us perceive the same path as a choice. Once we change our lens, then, we are able to see other choices available to us.

Applying this core principle of FLOW coaching into our current reality, let’s see what we have and how we can use them to grow.

  • Social distancing forces us to isolate ourselves. That is a fact. What we do with it is a choice. “What do we choose to create” -- this fact depends on us. We might get bored and use this time for social media browsing or we might set time and focus for a practice that will evolve us.
  • Coronavirus is a fact and we are all afraid to catch it. Our fear and the pandemic are facts. We can get frozen and stay in the fear zone or we can use that energy to finally connect with our deeper self and start listening to our inner intelligence.

If you choose to follow the FLOW principles and start to see this crisis full of choices towards spiritual growth, then set aside some time to reflect on these existential questions: “Who do I want to become?” and “What spiritual practices can I exercise to become that person?”.

Intentionally directing our creative energy to what we want to create, instead of worrying and panicking, we will be able to use this crisis time for developing a spiritual practice that will stay with us for a lifetime.

Developing a spiritual practice ultimately is about learning to surrender and trusting the intelligence of flow.

Listening to our inner voice through listening to silence, asking deep questions and reflecting upon them, writing, exchanging meaningful conversations with others,  and other creative acts connect us with the universal consciousness of flow.  

Learning to listen is a deep spiritual practice. First, it teaches us to be patient, and in time as we keep practicing, it connects us with our inner intelligence. If we keep it as a repetitive practice, then we learn to surrender ourselves without judgment and with a deeper understanding.

Asking powerful questions is about stretching ourselves outside our comfort zone. It is a practice where our mind and heart have to cooperate. It is a practice where we conquer inner resistance and free ourselves from it. Powerful questions are indeed creative coaching questions. They allow us to align our attention with our intention. These creative coaching questions help us to reflect on our true intention;

  1. What do I want to develop as a practice that is meaningful for me and helping me to align with my values on a daily basis?
  2. How can I focus on building my practice?
  3. How much time can I set aside for my practice?
  4. In what ways will my new practice support me?
  5. Who will I become if I develop a habit of my practice?

Writing is a form of spiritual practice too. As we write we clear our mind, body, and heart from dysfunctional energy clutter that keeps us alert and worrying all the time. It also helps us to release accumulated negative energy and emotions from our bodies.  Writing is a process connecting us with our subconscious. Therefore, writing is a catalyst to spiritual growth.

Social distancing means physical distancing, but it shouldn’t prevent us from having meaningful conversations through virtual platforms. One thing that we can be grateful for about modern technology is that it has enhanced our mediums to connect. A meaningful conversation makes you feel like you are in flow at the moment with a sense of meaning and fulfillment.

It develops us and creates a desire to grow. It is both an art and science. It creates a sacred space between people on a conscious and subconscious level. Therefore it is a spiritual practice.

Spiritual growth comes to the person with intention and repetitive practice. If we practice these acts above we will be able to transform this existential crisis into something that will serve us and others for a lifetime.

If you are interested in learning more about these practices by joining online live Core Foundations coaching certification, please feel free to call us at +1-888-4030707 or reach us at info@flowcoachinginstitute.com.

Talyaa Vardar

Coaching
5 Ways to Conquer Your Fear

Fear is a very powerful energy. It either stops us from moving forward or forces us to fight and run away. A lot of us fear what we do not understand. Countless fights, wars, and misunderstandings stem from a feeling of fear.

The feeling of the unknown, or the fear that someone is not going to do what they said they were going to do or just the simple fear of failure. Fear has fueled a lot of people to do countless of not so smart things.

Fear has a past orientation. We need to switch from our past orientation to future orientation.

Signs of Fear of Failure

  • Addiction to success
  • Identity entangled with success
  • Procrastination
  • Quitting
  • Caring too much about other people’s opinions
  • Avoidance to take part in activities that have a perception of risks
  • Perfectionism
  • Anger at other people when they give you feedback on your attempts/results
  • Anger at God
  • Anger at ourselves
  • A tendency towards not completing an ongoing job, project, etc. (if it is a repetitive pattern)

FEAR is your Brain’s way of saying that there is something important for you to overcome.

“F-E-A-R has two meanings:

‘Forget Everything And Run” or ‘Face Everything And Rise.’

 

5 Ways To Conquer Your Fear 

Name Your Fear Like a Living ThingThen Process it Through Questions. Ask:

  • What do you want from me?
  • What is your intention?
  • What do you want me to understand?
  • What specific message do you have for me?

Build a Vision Instead. Visualize the New Situation When the Fear Doesn’t Exist Anymore. Ask Yourself:

  • What do I want to replace my fear with?
  • What if my fear disappears, what would that look like?
  • Imagine the new scenario of the fear has gone. See yourself in it even for a few seconds. Repeat this active imagination 5 times.

Express Your Fear Through Aesthetic Experience. 

  • Paint your fear away through colors.
  • Dance your fear away through movement.
  • Write about your fear.

Reflecting on your fear through creativity will change your perspective. You will realize that the meaning and intensity of your fear will shift after you express your fear creatively. It might even disappear forever.

Build Your Support System. 

  • Find Mentors & Coaches that can support you.
  • Surround yourself with people that inspire you.
  • If you don’t know people that can support ask yourself: If I was coaching myself how would I support myself regarding this?

Know Your Strengths and Practice Them. 

Focusing on problems all the time will not help you to have a sense of fulfillment and happiness. On the contrary, practicing your strengths will increase your motivation from inside towards life, people, and situations.

Therefore, learn about your strengths and practice how to use your strengths in challenging situations.  Knowing your strengths will help you to ground yourself and stay at your core in times of stress.

Don't let fear control your life. If you give in to fear, everything you do from now onwards will be dictated by that fear and not your will to enjoy and your life. Fear can be crippling if you do not handle it well. If it is starting to get too much, we would suggest you speak to a professional coach to help you safely analyze your fear and take steps to improve it thus allowing you to move forward and leave fear behind. Become fearless.

If you are someone who is interested in becoming a coach yourself, head on over to our program page to learn our FLOW Coaching Methodologies that are deeply rooted in the Science of Positive Psychology. We can't wait to see you.

Talyaa Vardar

Coaching
Leadership During Remote Work

The COVID-19 crisis has taken the world by the storm. Conventional ways of working of individuals and teams don’t work as effectively anymore. However, considering the challenges many organizations have very quickly and successfully adapted to remote working with little time to prepare.

The lockdowns changes everything. Many people travelled to their home towns in remote locations, preferring to be close to their friends and family during these times. Many of them were very new to this arrangement of working from home for an extended period of time. 

Remote working is not going anywhere anytime soon. The flexibility that the remote working offers is set to impact future career and lifestyle changes. 

However, to maintain the synergy as a team during and after the crisis is critical to the organization’s success. The shift to remote working requires that employees stay connected, collaborative and interactive while being in remote teams.  

Even after the pandemic has subsided many employees will continue remote working. Based on a study three quarters of financial executives plan to shift at least some of their employees to fill time remote work after the crisis has ended. 

With the slightest of the disconnect in communication leading to disengagement, it is important to stay connected virtually and hence there is a strong need for robust leadership during these times to keep everyone together. Tough times call for effective leadership and this blog we will talk about a few ways of effective leadership during remote work. 

Based on research the following methods are found to work for better leadership during remote working.

1. Maintain continuous and effective communication: 

When employees are away from their office, working from home it is easy to feel disconnected from the organization. A good leader must implement frequent, clear, dialogue-based communication. These are basic communication skills however they are very crucial when the workforce is scattered. Some examples of such communication could be:

  • Daily or weekly updates to and from the manager
  • Leaders explaining the rationale behind their decision/choices 
  • Giving value to the opinions of employees making it a two-way communication

2. Provide resources and care for physical and mental health:

It is not surprising that based on a research, employees appreciated company-sponsored COVID-19 tests and masks. But what is surprising is that twice the number of employees appreciated steps taken by the company/leader to foster mental wellness and support them during the times of social isolation. Some examples of these steps are:

  • Regular check-ins by managers to see how the employee is doing personally and professionally.
  • Virtual meet ups and activities like online exercise classes, lunch break and yoga classes.
  • Reaching out to positively tested employees with kind gestures. 
  • Coaching employees on how to manage stress and mental wellbeing.

3. Making sure remote employees stay engaged and useful:

Remote work can increase productivity when employees are working on stand-alone tasks and when they don’t require help of others however when employees are needed to collaborate with other teams, working from home can have a negative impact. Some important steps to avoid this negative impact is:

  • Reevaluating performance evaluations to ensure insufficient time in the office is not penalized.
  • Consistent and concise meetings are said to increase productivity.

4. Creating boundaries between work-life balance:

Working remotely may blur boundaries between work-life balance. On one hand it reduces the need for transportation and allows people to spend time with their family, on the other hand employees may have to spend extra time on tasks and building work. A study found remote workers logged on 2-3 more hours per day than usual. Especially when schools are closed and dare care facilities are in lock down it becomes even harder to maintain work and professional life.  Some of the best ways to help employees manage work-life balance are below:

  • Making the option of adjusting their schedules and completing personal tasks available.
  • Adjusting workload among employees to accommodate personal responsibilities. 


5. Don’t lose track of strategic goals:

Common strategic goals include, new products and designs, encouraging innovation, efficient operations, digital transformation and so on.  Its understandable that a global crisis can distract leaders however this is a mistake not to be made. Shifting to remote working creates new challenges in achieving strategic goals for example gaining market share is not easy when the market itself is collapsing. Leaders must keep in mind to build a budding corporate culture during working from home. 

Working from home has also provided different opportunities to progress on strategic goals. According to a study employees appreciated remote learning opportunities provided to them as most useful to build exceptional skills during lockdown. Shift in working from home provides an opportunity to organization to rethink and revaluate existing business processes to boost efficiency and effectiveness. 

Remote work is increasingly becoming the new way of working. It brings new opportunities and challenges. Organizations around the world are experimenting with novel management practices to manage the transition to a more distributed workforce. We are still in the early days, and it’s not yet clear which of these approaches will endure. Leaders cannot afford to wait for long— they need to act now to help their employees and organizations shift to remote work. We hope that our blog will help leaders as they navigate into an uncertain future.

If you are a manager or leader looking to become a coach please visit our program schedule to enroll in one of our upcoming programs.

Talyaa Vardar

Coaching
HR's Role in Mental Health Awareness

The Human Resources (HR) department, specifically the HR professionals, is faced with many unique cases and circumstances. The COVID crisis has yet put them in a challenging situation which is the challenge of dealing with employees who are at the surge of struggling with mental health problems. If HR professionals do not have the skills required to deal with this subject, their initial response to the situation could be damaging. Therefore, HR professionals must be educated on the subject of handling the mental well-being of employees. 

While the idea of mental well-being may seem complicated, the human resources departments can take simple steps to tackle the situation. 

Here are some ideas which can help.

  • Create and increase awareness: 

The first response of HR professionals of any organization should be to educate them and the employees of the meaning and benefits of a productive state of mental health. The stigma must be ended, which creates misrepresentations and misunderstandings. Once the taboo is broken, it becomes easier for people to ask for help. One in five Americans experiences mental health problems at least once in their lives. Because of the fear of being labelled by others or treatment costs and other reasons, only a quarter of them receives proper treatment. It is essential that HR teaches the workforce basics of mental health challenges and diminish the myths associated with it.  

  • Provide Resources:

HR departments can best support their employees by providing valuable resources to them. Special training programs can train the management on how to best handle the situation once it becomes evident that someone in their team struggles with mental health. HR departments can also list the supported health care professionals to put the employees in the right direction. 

  • Show empathy:

It is essential to let the person struggling to know that s/he is being listened to. One of the best things is to let the person know that you are there to help even though you may not relate to their condition. Having someone to share thoughts with can prove extremely useful to people with struggling mental health. Furthermore, an open and supportive work environment must be created. Such an environment makes it easy to spot mental health problems as people are more expressive. Things can be handled before they take a terrible turn. 

  • Provide flexible working options:

A more flexible approach to working conditions can significantly help people with mental health issues. Working from home and flexible hours can make more difference than most people think. A flexible approach to working means employees take fewer days off due to work-related stress and mental breakdowns.  

  • Provide online life coaching and group coaching sessions to help employees manage stress:

Organizations are familiar with providing executive coaching, career coaching or mid-level managers performance coaching support. Organizations are using this time to bond with their employees and support them through Covid-19 stress by providing online life coaching and mindfulness sessions and group coaching sessions to help cope with stress and anxiety.  

  • Manage well-being at work:

Well-being at work is the new talk of the town. Progressive organizations encourage positive well-being at work, such as benefits and incentives to reduce employee stress levels and manage their anxiety. Improving well-being at work is a preventive measure for mental health. 

All employees are prone to having mental health problems, especially during crisis time; it's common in all organizations. Every business comes with a responsibility to support its staff. Small steps in the right direction can help reduce stress among employees. It is impossible to help everyone, but HR professionals can put things in place. Creating a positive and open environment where employees can seek help can make all the difference.

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Talyaa Vardar