22 Apr Workplace Wellness Coaching Vs Therapy
Are you one of those employers who are wondering whether workplace wellness coaching is an option for your employees
Wondering if they can’t get in therapy or counselling with your EAP program? Let me begin by saying, while counselling and therapy are great resources for employees who need to become functional.
This means they need therapy to get well (they may be facing issues of compulsiveness, addictions, lack cognitive skill thinking skills, or are deeply traumatized,narcissistic or unaware of the harm they are causing).
Coaching on the other hand works best for functional employees by giving them the support and accountability partnership to take the steps necessary to address an area for growth and development in their career or life.
Coaching provides your employees with focus, clarity in setting their goals, action steps and the motivation to take move towards their goals. Coaching is also one of the fastest ways to develop new social and interpersonal skills. Some studies claim working with a Coach allows clients to reach set goals three to six times faster than on their own.
The Workplace Wellness Competency program) provides workplace wellness coaching to support employees through challenges that they face on a day-to-day basis, such as developing time management skills, developing their critical thinking skills, work-life alignment, exploring and developing decision making skills, developing managerial and supervisory skills.
I have also used coaching to help many employees develop conflict management skills, develop interpersonal skills to get along better with their co-workers and bosses and to help leaders develop people skills. While employees may from time to time need to work with a therapist or counsellor, coaching is something they may use more often or for short burst of motivation, new perspective, new ideas, brain storming and working on communication, interpersonal skills and coping strategies.
This allows them to be constantly growing be more innovative, positive, engaged, contented and happy. As a result, they develop the resilience to deal with the issues they face now so it does not accumulate and overwhelm them later, reducing the likelihood of them going on stress leave.
Joyce Odidison is a Conflict Analyst, Strategist and Workplace Wellness Coach and creator of the Wellness Improvement System (WIS) programs, consisting of Workplace Wellness Improvement Program (WWIP) and the WIS Wellness assessment Instrument. She is also Director of the only ICF approved training program for Coaches and Wellness Facilitators in Manitoba.