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One isolating consequence of the outbreak has been the enforcement of social distancing measures in a bid to contain the spread of the virus.
At the time of writing, the nation finds itself in a state of ‘lockdown’, with the government telling people to stay at home and to only go outside for one form of exercise a day.
As the three million people working at the coalface of coaching – not to mention the 13 million people each year who benefit from their support – try to confront the physical, social, emotional, psychological and economic side-effects of the crisis, so too the team behind this team – the policy makers and system builders, workforce managers and development managers, deployers and employers, tutors and coach developers – are also busy adapting.
Our sector is one small part of the largest mass exercise in remote working in corporate history.
UK Coaching’s Head of Coaching Nick Levett is an established aficionado at working from home and the delights of virtual meetings!
He has been busy sharing advice on home working with UK Coaching members of staff.
Here are some of his best tips for maximising productivity, so that we can all continue ‘virtually’ business as usual as we work to devise and implement innovative measures for using coaching as a vehicle for mitigating the risk to people’s health and well-being during this time of uncertainty and upheaval.
The good news is that, according to Owl Labs 2019 State of Remote Work report, remote workers are a happier bunch than their office-based counterparts, with research suggesting they are 13% more likely to stay at their current job for the next five years than the latter.
“Working from home has its ups and downs,” says Nick (who, by the way, is not the man in the Shutterstock photo above!). “On the one hand there is never a fire alarm test to worry about, but on the other the ‘cakes in the kitchen for my birthday’ never get delivered across the country.”
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Please share your own tips for working from home in the box below
UK Coaching have launched the Curious Coaches Club and Monday's opening session (from 2-3pm) is a conversation with experts all about the topic of REMOTE COACHING.Each week the Curious Coaching Club will be holding a conversation about a particular coaching topic that is important to coaches and one that many would like to learn more about. In ‘Coaching from Your Home to their Garden’, UK Coaching's Mark Bateman and Andrew Bradshaw will look to share best practice and explore some of the essentials of working from home and discuss how you will be able to support the people you coach during this challenging time. They will also look to draw on some positive consequences from having to work in a different way and how these may also become staple parts of our coaching craft.Book on the live free webinar at this link:https://www.ukcoaching.org/courses/workshops/curious-coaches-club-open-webinar/31836Then on Wednesday or Thursday (choose a day that suits you), join Tom & Marianne to engage and take part in a smaller more in-depth community of practice-style conversation around the Monday webinar.To attend this session, you must have attended the live session or watched it ‘on demand’ via UKCoaching.org. Places are limited so you will have to be quick to secure your place.You can book on one of the community of practice-style conversations at this link:https://www.ukcoaching.org/courses/workshops/curious-coaches-community-of-practiceLet’s get chatting and learning, and please don’t forget to continue the conversation via ConnectedCoaches and share all that you find useful.
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