Apr 28 2016

What does the research say about managers coaching their employees?

silhouette-978956_1280This post is about BlessingWhite’s most recent research into coaching behaviours at work. The global study involved asking over 1000 employees about their views on the coaching actions they value. In addition it reports on the biggest barriers managers perceive they face when coaching their teams. Fraser Marlow, Head of Leadership and Research, BlessingWhite will be presenting the results in a 60 minute webinar on May 5 which you can sign up for here.

The main findings are:


  1. There is a strong correlation between being coached and coaching others.

Managers who receive coaching themselves are far more likely to coach their own direct reports.


  1. Managers like coaching their people.

Over 79% of managers agreed with the statement ’I love to coach’.


  1. Expectations of coaching are higher in managers who have been coached themselves.

90% of managers who are coached themselves believe they are expected to coach others and this falls to 69% if managers aren’t coached by their own managers.


Previous research from BlessingWhite (2011) showed that although creating a coaching culture is stated as an organisational goal, in reality it’s a mixed bag of good intentions, missed opportunities, and conflicting messages about the importance of coaching of employees by managers.  A summary can be found here.

If you are unable to make the webinar you can use this link to request the report once it’s available from BlessingWhite.




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