Press Release 18th May 20010 from
International Coach Federation
Life and career out of balance? - Learn how a professional coach can help bring equilibrium.
Is trying to balance your personal life with your career stressing you out? Are you trying to juggle too many things at once? Have you ever thought how much better things would be if you could telecommute or work longer hours less days a week? You are not alone!
May is Revise Your Work Schedule Month, a time to increase awareness, exploration and implementation of nontraditional work schedules such as flextime, telecommuting, job sharing and compressed workweeks. But what if revising your work schedule isn’t an option? Are there other changes you can make to achieve work-life balance?
“Simple changes, such as a revision in your work schedule, could help you strike the work-life balance you are looking for,” says Giovanna D’Alessio, ICF President and Master Certified Coach. “But there are times when you may need help indentifying and implementing other changes to find that all-important balance between your family and personal interests and your professional career. These changes will vary from person to person. Professional coaching is all about helping people take positive actions toward their goals, and work-life balance is a common goal area coaches address with their clients.”
Finding work-life balance leads to improvement in overall health and quality of life. When this balance is achieved, employees see positive results in stress reduction, time management, and general outlook on life. Companies have begun to realize how important work-life balance is to the productivity and creativity of their employees. It can lead to higher employee retention, greater pride in one’s work and higher overall job satisfaction.
Work-life balance is the second highest motivation for people seeking coaching services, according to the 2009 ICF Global Coaching Client Study*. In fact, 50 percent of survey respondents said work-life balance was a “very important” factor in their decision to partner with a coach.
The study also shows coaching is having a positive impact on people’s ability to attain work-life balance. Eighty-two percent of coaching clients who pinpointed work-life balance as a goal reported a positive change in the area as a result of being coached.
What will you do this month to revise your work schedule? Are there other changes you can make in your busy personal and professional life? During Revise your Work Schedule Month, the ICF encourages you to explore how partnering with a professional coach can help you improve your quality of life.
ICF defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. Coaching is a distinct service and differs greatly from therapy, consulting, mentoring or training. Individuals who engage in a coaching relationship can expect to experience fresh perspectives on personal challenges and opportunities, enhanced thinking and decision-making skills, enhanced interpersonal effectiveness, and increased confidence in carrying out their chosen work and life roles.
The International Coach Federation is the leading global organization for coaches, with over 18,000 members in more than 90 countries, dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high ethical standards, providing independent certification, and building a worldwide network of credentialed coaches. The ICF is the only organization that awards a global credential which is currently held by more than 6,200 coaches worldwide. For more information on how to become or find an ICF Credentialed coach, please visit our Web site at www.coachfederation.org.
*The 2009 ICF Global Coaching Client Study, conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers and Association Resource Centre, surveyed more than 2,100 coaching clients From 64 countries. Results are dependent on survey sample
The International Coach Federation (ICF) was founded in 1995 and is the leading global organization dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high standards, providing independent certification, and building a worldwide network of credentialed coaches.
With more than 17,000 professional personal and business coaches representing over 90countries, the ICF is the voice of the global coaching profession.
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Gráinne Suter of jml Training & Consultancy is a Member of The International Coach Federation