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  • Sahil Shaikh

Multimodal Leadership and The Proximity of Coaching

How can coaching help you build a culture of trust?

As employees’ responsibilities grow and the complexity of work increases, so does the need for a safe environment. A culture of trust is essential for improving employee retention, engagement, and productivity. Although trust may be more than just having a safe and open work environment, organizations have found that creating a culture of trust is a great way to get employees to feel comfortable sharing ideas and having open conversations with their co-workers. A culture of trust can be built when you offer employees the opportunity to engage in facilitated coaching sessions, where they can receive personalized advice and guidance, not only related to their job, but also on how to live a healthier and happier life.


What do employees want from coaching?


Employees want to grow in their careers, and they want to get recognition and feedback on their job performance. Coaching is a great way to provide feedback, support, and guidance. It’s also a great way to keep track of which employees are doing great work and which ones are struggling. Employees want to know that their managers and HR leaders are paying close attention to what they’re doing. Employees want to live in an organization that recognizes the hard work and efforts of its employees. Coaching creates a sense of trust between employees and the organization because it creates a culture where feedback is encouraged and appreciated. Employees want feedback that is useful. They don’t want to be placed in a situation where feedback is vague and doesn’t help them get better at their job. Coaching creates a safe environment for employees to receive useful feedback on their job performance.


Why is it important to have a culture of trust?


When employees trust the organization and its leaders, they feel comfortable being themselves. They are not afraid of expressing themselves, and they are willing to take risks. Without a culture of trust, organizations are more likely to experience turnover, poor productivity, and reduced participation. When employees feel comfortable being themselves, they are able to contribute their best work and offer fresh insights and creative solutions to problems.


How does proximity lead to trust?

The more people are physically close to each other, the more they feel a sense of confidence and trust. We encourage collaboration among co-workers, but having them work in close proximity can be challenging. Leaders need to be conscious of how they are using proximity to create an environment of trust. The following are some ways to use proximity to build trust in your organization: Organizational structure: The organization structure of your company can make a difference in how people interact with each other. A functional organization can encourage functional managers to get close to their teams, which can help build trust. Physical space: The physical space of your office can make a difference in how people interact with each other. For example, having the boardroom close to cubicles can prevent people from getting too comfortable.


How does Coaching contribute to creating a safe and trusting workplace culture?

When employees have a safe environment and a trusting relationship with their leaders, they feel comfortable sharing their ideas, personal stories, and fears. They become less inhibited and are willing to collaborate and work together. Coaching creates an environment where employees feel safe and comfortable sharing their ideas and experiences. By getting to know their employees on a personal level, managers become more than just leaders. They become allies, confidants, and trusted advisors. Coaching also allows employees to be themselves and share their stories and experiences freely because they know that their managers are there to listen.


Takeaway

There is a lot of talk about the importance of creating a culture of trust in the workplace, but there is less attention given to the role coaching can play. If you want to create a culture of trust, you need to invest in coaching. It's important to create a safe environment where employees feel comfortable expressing themselves, participating in discussions, and sharing their ideas. An investment in coaching can help you achieve this.

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