Just moderate levels of depressive or anxiety symptoms can affect work performance and productivity. (JOEM, 2005)


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To remain competitive in a global marketplace, organizations are putting an increasingly stronger emphasis on leadership development to keep pace with the growth and goals of their respective enterprises. The traditional methods of training leaders on-the-job (otherwise known as trial-by-fire) and classroom-based skills acquisition have both proven to be inadequate to truly address the formative leader’s individual strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for growth. Because the competencies required for leadership are specific to the individual employee, professional coaching has emerged as the most direct and effective way for the individual employee to work on his or her professional development.

Coaching Defined

Almost everyone is familiar with the coaching model associated with the athletic world. Just as coaches on the ballfield help identify winning strategies and keep players motivated, our professional coaches do the same thing for employees "playing" in the corporate arena.  Our coaches will listen, seek understanding, provide input, analyze plans, and share resources to help clients achieve desired goals.

Our Professional Coaches

  • Help clients identify strengths and weaknesses
  • Provide structure and accountability to motivate clients to make changes
  • Give objective feedback
  • Support clients in the efforts to balance life goals with business goals
  • Improve leadership and communication skills
  • Provide an experienced sounding board for supervisory/management decision making

Scope of Work

Professional coaching through Guidance EAP offers the expertise necessary to advise and support clients making important organizational management decisions and, oft times, important personnel decisions. Clients call upon Guidance EAP when they need help in some of the following areas:

  • Developing frontline supervisors
  • Support for the newly promoted manager
  • Competency remediation for individual managers
  • Balancing professional and personal lives
  • Formulating Human Resource Development (HRD) goals
  • Managing change or growth
  • Fostering creativity
  • Coping with layoffs or workplace re-entry
  • Growing potential leadership talent

Getting Started

For most folks, the introduction to coaching will come from the Human Resource or training department, others may be referred through the organization’s leadership team. Whichever way an employee may be referred to a professional coach, it’s important to realize that it represents a significant investment by the organization in the personal development of the individual employee.

Company officials may make a referral for professional coaching services through Guidance EAP by contacting the EAP program director. 800.234-7052 or via email @ .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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