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Contemporary Perspectives on Motivation

Contemporary perspectives on motivation emphasise the importance of a positive work environment in which the emphasis is just as much on the employee being satisfied with their job and the organisation in which they work, as it is with the employer continuing to employ them.  ...

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Factors Affecting Performance at Work

Certain factors pertaining to the work environment serve to motivate employees to perform at their best. The Motivator-Hygiene theory of job satisfaction concluded that certain factors in the workplace result in job satisfaction. However these factors, if absent, don't necessarily...

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Coaching individuals for performance improvement

The highest motivation level for an employee is when they are optimally aroused. To restore an employee’s motivation, the manager or a professional coach needs to engage with the employee to identify the stressors for that individual and what triggers them in the first place. Such...

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Motivating Individual Employees at Work

Over the years, research has contributed a number of evidence-based approaches to identify individual motivational strategies, and to provide outcomes that are valued by individuals. For example, some people like to be congratulated in private – some in public. Some staff need...

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Coaching in the Workplace

Coaching is a collaborative relationship in which both coach and employee are jointly accountable for achieving the outcomes the employee wants and/or manager has set for them.  Coaches bring essential coaching skills of rapport-building, active listening and powerful questioning...

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Maintaining a healthy self-esteem

Self-esteemis a term used to describe how an individual feels about themselves and their self-worthIt is a judgment that they make of themselves based on opinions that they perceive as belonging to those around them, particularly their significant others e.g. parents, teachers,...

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Managing Conflict

Conflict is the process that results when one person (or a group of people) perceives that another person or group is frustrating, or about to frustrate, an important concern. It involves incompatible differences between parties that result in interference or opposition. The differences...

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Managing Stressful Situations

Life is increasingly complex and busy. No-matter whether you are a stay-at-home parent or a corporate executive, there is never enough time in the day to get your work done and to relax. The 24/7 world influences how and where we live and work, and the way that people communicate with and relate...

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Communicating Effectively

Communicating effectively is an invaluable skill especially if you're a person who likes to make an impact on the world rather than a person who just ‘goes with the flow’. Many of the most powerful, influential and successful people throughout history were made so by the very fact...

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Motivating Individuals to Change

Focusing on individual differences allows the coach to take account of different personalities and situations, and understand why people do the things they do – what motivates them, drives them forward, or causes them to remain in a situation where they are not happy. There may be a ...

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Stages of readiness to change

Coaches often get to work with clients who are at varying levels of readiness and motivation to change. At some stage in the coaching relationship, the client will experience highs and lows in motivation. It’s the role of the coach to identify and understand this process and use the...

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Getting ready for change

People will only make changes in their life when their ‘pain’ is too great to endure it any more or the prospect of some future goal is too enticing to not go for it (the ‘gain’). Why don’t people want to change? Because they are too comfortable the way they...

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