Coaching is well known to improve performance and skills, as well as well-being, coping, work attitudes and goal-directed self-regulation.

Very important research conducted by Alyssa McGonagle and colleagues with the support of the Institute of Coaching showed that for primary care physicians in the US, coaching significantly reduced burnout, while it increased work engagement, psychological capital and job satisfaction.

Not quite a wonder drug, but when so many people in all walks of life are at increased risk of burnout, it’s helpful to know what might help to shift the dial.

McGonagle stresses the importance of burnout intervention at multiple levels – work culture, leadership, workflows and structure and team dynamics.

For individuals, the coaching focus is on how they cope in their environment, and manage their stress and communication.

While coaching is a 1:1 intervention, and burnout is a combination of the person in their work environment, a series of six coaching sessions over a three month period made a significant difference.

The coaching used a positive psychology approach, emphasising reflection, goal-setting and growth, and demonstrably improved:

  • Positive emotion
  • Resilience
  • Wellbeing.

Find out more about my coaching approach here, and if you’re interested in taking the conversation further, book in a time for a no-obligation chat with me here.

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