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Enhancing Employee Engagement and Motivation through Coaching

Employee engagement and motivation are crucial factors for the success and growth of any organization. Engaged employees are more productive, committed, and satisfied with their work, which in turn contributes to a positive work environment and better business outcomes. One of the most effective ways to enhance employee engagement and motivation is through coaching. Let’s explore how coaching can be used to boost engagement and motivation among employees.


The Importance of Employee Engagement and Motivation

Before delving into the role of coaching, it’s important to understand why employee engagement and motivation matter. Engaged employees are emotionally invested in their work and the organization’s success. They go above and beyond their job responsibilities, leading to higher productivity and better customer service. Motivated employees, on the other hand, are driven to achieve their personal and professional goals, which aligns with the company’s objectives. When employees are both engaged and motivated, the organization experiences reduced turnover, higher retention rates, and improved overall performance.


What is Coaching?

Coaching is a developmental process where an experienced individual, known as the coach, supports and guides another individual, the coachee, to achieve specific personal or professional goals. Unlike traditional training methods that focus on transferring specific knowledge or skills, coaching is more personalized and focuses on unlocking a person’s potential to maximize their own performance.


How Coaching Enhances Employee Engagement

  1. Personalized Development Plans: Coaching allows for personalized development plans tailored to the individual needs and aspirations of employees. This personalized approach ensures that employees feel valued and understood, leading to higher engagement levels.
  2. Strengths and Weaknesses Identification: Through regular coaching sessions, employees can identify their strengths and weaknesses. This self-awareness is crucial for personal and professional growth. When employees understand their strengths, they are more likely to use them effectively, leading to increased job satisfaction and engagement.
  3. Goal Setting and Achievement: Coaches help employees set realistic and achievable goals. Having clear goals gives employees a sense of direction and purpose, which is a key driver of engagement. As employees achieve their goals, they experience a sense of accomplishment that further motivates them to perform well.
  4. Feedback and Recognition: Regular feedback is an integral part of the coaching process. Constructive feedback helps employees improve their performance, while positive feedback and recognition boost their confidence and morale. Employees who feel recognized and appreciated are more engaged and motivated.
  5. Building Trust and Relationships: Coaching fosters a culture of trust and open communication. Employees who have a trusting relationship with their coaches are more likely to voice their concerns, seek advice, and take initiative. This trust and open communication lead to a more engaged and cohesive workforce.


How Coaching Boosts Employee Motivation

  1. Intrinsic Motivation: Coaching focuses on intrinsic motivation, which is driven by internal rewards such as personal growth, satisfaction, and a sense of accomplishment. Coaches help employees find meaning and purpose in their work, which is a powerful motivator.
  2. Empowerment and Autonomy: Coaching empowers employees by giving them the autonomy to make decisions and take ownership of their work. This empowerment leads to higher motivation as employees feel more in control of their career paths and contributions to the organization.
  3. Skill Development: Coaching helps employees develop new skills and competencies. When employees acquire new skills, they feel more competent and confident in their abilities. This skill development is a significant motivator as it opens up new opportunities for career advancement.
  4. Overcoming Challenges: Employees often face various challenges and obstacles in their roles. Coaches provide the support and guidance needed to overcome these challenges. When employees successfully navigate through difficulties, their resilience and motivation increase.
  5. Career Advancement: Coaching helps employees map out their career paths and identify opportunities for advancement. Knowing that there is potential for growth and development within the organization is a strong motivator for employees to stay engaged and perform at their best.


Implementing a Coaching Program

To effectively implement a coaching program, organizations should follow these steps:

  1. Assess Needs: Identify the specific needs and goals of the organization and employees. This assessment will help in designing a coaching program that aligns with the organization’s objectives and employee development needs.
  2. Select Coaches: Choose experienced and trained coaches who possess the skills and knowledge to guide employees effectively. Coaches can be internal leaders or external professionals.
  3. Develop a Framework: Create a structured coaching framework that includes the frequency of sessions, goals, and evaluation criteria. This framework ensures consistency and effectiveness in the coaching process.
  4. Promote Participation: Encourage employees to participate in the coaching program by highlighting its benefits. Participation should be voluntary to ensure that employees are genuinely interested and committed to the process.
  5. Monitor and Evaluate: Regularly monitor the progress of the coaching program and evaluate its impact on employee engagement and motivation. Use feedback from employees and coaches to make necessary adjustments and improvements.



An external third party can assist with the process and is better equipped than any internal department in your organization. It is highly recommended leadership meet and discuss their organization’s coaching needs and obtain assistance to create the framework and the selection process.

It is recommended that coaching and training work in tandem, with training at first and coaching as a follow up and accountability step to ensure the training is absorbed and embraced.

Coaching is a powerful tool for enhancing employee engagement and motivation. By providing personalized development, setting clear goals, offering regular feedback, and fostering trust, coaching helps employees feel valued and empowered. As a result, organizations benefit from a more engaged, motivated, and productive workforce. Implementing a well-structured coaching program can lead to significant improvements in employee satisfaction, retention, and overall performance, driving the organization towards success.


About the author: Kris Schinke, Vice President – Integration, X5 Management

Kris is a focused and goal-oriented business professional with extensive executive experience in retail, financial services and not-for-profit. She has a passion for inspiring and coaching others and believes a positive work culture is key for business growth and sustainability. She is adept in training, leadership and promoting teamwork.

Kris is delighted to be working with X5 Management, not only to support valued clients but also in her executive role supporting the ongoing business growth, both internally and externally.

She is an avid volunteer and loves to donate time and effort to a variety of organizations.

A proponent of personal development, Kris holds an MBA from Athabasca University, her Distinguished Toastmaster designation from Toastmasters International and her Life Coaching Certification from New Skills Academy. She also attended Harvard Business School (A Culture of Health in Business), Norquest College (Inclusion at Work, Business Economics), and U of California (Diversity and Inclusion,). Kris is a certified Everything DiSC® Facilitator, an accredited Five Behaviors™ Trainer and a certified Conflict Management and Mediation Practitioner.


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