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Why Are Action Plans So Important in Business Coaching for Employees?
Action Plans Drive the Changes Spoken About During Business Coaching
Whilst business coaching is highly effective for employee development when performed correctly, a failure to draw up and take action plans seriously can put a severe limitation upon the potential effectiveness of the coaching efforts. This is because without a written action plan and subsequent meetings to discuss and evaluate the success and effectiveness of the plan's points, what is discussed and suggested in a business coaching session will be largely a waste of time as little or no changes will be made back in the workplace.
As one of the major objectives of business coaching is to get employees to make alterations and adapt their working practices in order to increase their productivity, a failure to attempt change and evaluate its' success (or otherwise) will greatly undermine the process.
The Manager's Attitude Will Have a Significant Bearing on a Successful Outcome
If the business coaching is being performed by a manager as opposed to an external business coach, a failure by the manager to assist with the creation of an action plan and - even more so assuming one has been created - the failure to spend time assessing the progress made by the employee in its implementation will convey to them the impression (rightly or otherwise) that the manager does not take either their development or the whole business coaching process seriously.
This will have an adverse effect upon the motivation of the employee in question to actively make changes in the workplace. With neither side trying particularly hard, very little if anything will change and no progress will be made in terms of increasing the employee's performance at work.
Managers Need to Follow the Coaching Process Through to the End
So even whilst managers should be congratulated for making the initial effort to recognise that an employee needs assistance and has set time aside to dedicate to business coaching, they still need to ensure that having done so they then also put in the effort to make the coaching sessions, action plans and evaluation of progress a key priority which retains a lot of focus and attention.