The role of coaching in improving wellbeing in the workplace
The impact of stress and common mental health problems (anxiety and depression) of employees costs the UK workforce £35 billion says the Centre for Mental Health. The Health & Safety Executive in 2011 reported that it is a leading cause of self‐reported sick days.
The Institute for Employment Studies found evidence that perceptions of well-being amongst employee showed a statistically significant increase following a period of coaching, despite the focus of the coaching being on organisational goals as opposed to individual wellbeing.
It is therefore not difficult to fathom that if a person is achieving what they want to achieve then their wellbeing is going to improve. A lot of anxiety, depression and stress is in part caused by living or working in an environment that is in conflict with their values, by perhaps feeling stuck in a rut or held down by a glass ceiling.
I have been in those situations where I was ambitious but was told I could not progress my career without a certain qualification. I have worked in environments where I have not agreed with decisions or behaviours of colleagues which has left me feeling miserable and dreading going to work. I have felt professionally lost, stuck in a rut and everything in between. Through coaching and gaining a greater understanding of my values and ethics, I am now more satisfied professionally, make more congruent decisions and ultimately am happier and feel more in control.
If you want to take back control of your life and your wellbeing, coaching offers the perfect solution. Talk to your boss and get them to support you on your coaching journey. It will be a life changer. It is possible for things to be different. After all #anythingispossible
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