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October 21, 2015

Coaching at the University

Filed under: Advice & Support,People Management — Tags: , , , — Mandy Borges @ 9:30 am

Do you have a work-related challenge or are going through a significant change at work? Coaching is one support mechanism available to all staff at the University of Essex.


Why coaching?

People enlist the services of a coach because they want to improve their situation and achieve goals. They want to learn new ways of thinking and approaching situations in order to get better results. Common goals might be becoming more organised and effective at work, gaining confidence in certain situations, relating to people more effectively or dealing with change.

Benefits from coaching include:

  • improved sense of direction and focus
  • increased self awareness
  • improved ability to relate to and influence others
  • increased motivation
  • improved personal effectiveness and confidence
  • increased resourcefulness/resilience e.g. the ability to handle change
  • strategies for solving work-related problems
  • support when new to the University or starting a new role

Coaching skills are a very useful addition to a manager’s toolkit and can benefit them and their staff by improved relationships and productivity. It can help managers develop their staff by motivating them to learn new ways of thinking and approaching situations in order to get better results.

What is coaching?

Coaching is a useful way of developing people’s skills and abilities, and of boosting performance. It can also help deal with issues and challenges before they become major problems.

Formal coaching is a one-to-one confidential meeting in which a Coach works with the Coachee in order to help the Coachee work through and find their own solutions to work-related issues. The Coach will use their coaching skills in order to establish the reality of the Coachees situation, look at what options they’ve got for solving the issue and set an achievable goal.

Coaching skills are also a powerful and adaptive communication tool which all good managers should employ informally as part of their daily interactions with their staff.

Coaching for Success  (One-to-one coaching)

The University’s Coaching for Success service has a number of  trained and experienced workplace Coaches who can work with individuals in order to help them build on their talents and achievements and to help frame them within an institutional context.  The coaching process usually consists of up to 6 x 1 hour sessions.  The gap between sessions will be agreed together and it will relate to the actions the Coachee will be taking in between sessions.


This new service is available to all staff.   Referrals are usually made through your Line Manager, however members of staff can apply directly.  Email coaching (add if needed) for more information.

Coaching skills for Managers workshops


Log in to HR Organiser to book

Learning and Development are offering monthly workshops ‘Using coaching as a management tool’ for all managers who would like to learn Coaching skills.  There is also a 2 ½ day programme for managers who would like to go one step further and gain the ILM level 3 Award in Coaching Coaching skills leading to and ILM level 3 award in coaching

All managers are encouraged to attend a coaching workshop.  To book your place log in to HR Organiser. Or for more information contact Mandy Borges by emailing coaching (add if needed)

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