- What is co-coaching?
Co-coaching explores the issues faced by employers and their neurodiverse colleagues. It helps them to find new ways to communicate and work together. Co-coaching is often used when work performance difficulties can escalate into a performance management process and is usually delivered alongside other adjustments.
- Why is this needed?
Many of our clients’ employers are unaware of how neurodiverse conditions affect their colleagues and the difficulties faced by those with:
- Acquired Brain Injury
- Anxiety & Depression
- Acquired Brain Injury
- Dyslexia & DCD
- Autistic Spectrum Conditions
- Multiple Sclerosis
Our clients are sometimes unaware as well, which means that they haven’t asked for help for they need. They are only aware of how stressed they are and how no-one seems to be able to help. This can cause a lot of stress and frustration on both parts.
Co-coaching gives both parties a chance to talk through their experience and resolve misunderstandings. We look at what will be important in the future for a good working relationship. This might entail reasonable adjustments, such as being allowed to wear earplugs to block background noise and also compromises, such as only wearing ear plugs certain days or when reports are being read. It might also include agreements on how to communicate e.g particular phrases to use such as “I can’t answer that question right now, can I get back to you by close of the day?” or “I’m only going to remember half of that, can you pause a second and I’ll write it down / record you on my phone?”
- What happens in co-coaching?
The coach will speak to everyone involved beforehand, by phone, to get a sense of what the issues are. A meeting will then be arranged, in which the coach will do some specific coaching exercises such as looking at long term goals or behaviour based feedback. During the meeting the coach will keep notes, and write a report afterwards summarising the action points going forward.
The focus will be on the strengths and abilities that neurodiverse conditions confer, such as visual spatial reasoning (Dyslexia/ADHD), high alertness (most conditions), verbal reasoning skills (Dyspraxia, Autistic Spectrum Condition).
- What happens after the meeting and report?
All parties will have an increased awareness of the difficulties a neurodiverse colleague has in the workplace and how they affect work performance. There is also an understanding of how coping strategies and working to the colleagues strengths can be used to great advantage.
- For more information
Contact our Head Office for further details, costs and timescales.
firstname.lastname@example.org or 01273 890 502