A competitive environment at work can resemble a competitive environment on the sports field. There are players, there is a coach and everyone is working towards a common goal: scoring as many points as possible in order to win the game. A work environment is the same way: a manager and their team of employees working towards goals of growth and profits.
I firmly believe that a coaching environment gets employees engaged to perform at a level higher than they ever thought they could.
When employees are working together as a team, they have to have a mindset that the group is the most important, as the team is only as strong as their weakest player. This allows for a more dynamic and helpful work experience that calls for larger amounts of communication. With an effective coach leading this team, the possibilities are endless for them. However, it is important for the coach to be there when things are good as well as when things are bad. A good coach knows that their team needs guidance through good and bad seasons and a coach that is only present during the bad times is not effective.
With a coach there through the good and the bad, there is more communication between the entire team, which is the most effective way to keep your team engaged. This will keep your players in the loop about the happenings of the company that will affect them, and with more employees aware of the bigger picture, they will become more invested in the company.
An effective and supportive coach does not simply push their players to what they know they can do, they push their players to do what they never thought they could. Whether it is running faster, hitting harder, or scoring more points, a competent coach knows how to push their players to the limit.
This is the same with managers. In the recruiting industry, managers push their teams to call more candidates, fill more req’s or schedule more interviews than they ever thought they could. Creating this fast paced, high intensity environment will keep employees on their toes and retain engagement within each team.
Just as not every athlete is effectively trained the same way, not every employee is managed the same way. It is important for managers to change their style to understand how each of their team members is motivated to work hard.
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