A C-S Inc./Manchester of Rochester poll found nearly 60 percent of organizations offer coaching or other developmental counseling to their managers and executives. Another 20 percent plan to set up coaching programs in the next year. Another 50 percent said they do or will have by the end of the year a mentoring program for all employees.
Why? Because of the tight labor market and the increasing difficulty in recruiting talent. For example, nearly 50 percent of respondents said they have mentoring programs to put high-potential individuals on the fast career track, and 30 percent said they have the programs to improve employees’ technical knowledge.
Here are what the 300 companies surveyed said were the top reasons for their coaching programs:
–86 percent–to sharpen leadership skills of high-potential individuals;
–72 percent–to correct management behavioral problems such as poor communication skills or indecisiveness;
–64 percent–to ensure the success, or decrease the failure rate, of newly promoted managers;
–59 percent–to correct employee relations problems such as poor interpersonal skills, or demeaning or arrogant behavior; and
–58 percent–to provide the required management and leadership skills to technically oriented employees.