Our life coaches have degrees in psychology. Life coaching lies within their scope of practice.
The difference between Life Coaching and Counselling
Professional coaching uses a range of communication skills (such as targeted restatements, listening, questioning, clarifying etc.) to help clients shift their perspectives and thereby discover different coaching is a form of 'meta-profession' that can apply to supporting clients in any human endeavour, ranging from their concerns in personal, professional, sport, social, family, political and spiritual dimensions.
Life coaching draws upon a variety of tools and techniques from other disciplines such as sociology, psychology, Neuroscience, positive adult development and career counselling. The aim is towards helping people identify and achieve personal goals.
- Retrenchment and retirement counselling - assist individuals and groups in adjusting to and managing the anxiety related to retrenchment and retirement.
- Trauma / crisis debriefing at the workplace- in the event that trauma happen in the work environment, a professional Psychologist will support, debrief and asses all employees involved or affected by trauma in the work environment.
- Sexual harassment management and awareness counselling- employees will be briefed on the signs and definitions of sexual harassment, and if need be employees who. Have been sexually harassed will be supported and counselled by a professional Psychologist.
- Personality risk assessment for high risk occupations- employees who are expected to work in hazardous environments e.g. at great nights or in mines, will be assessed for risk in terms of coping with these circumstances.
- Grief support and counselling for loss related to work employees- employees whom are struggling with the bereavement of fellow employees will be assisted and supported by a professional Psychologist.
- Career assessments - a professional Psychologist will assess employees for character traits including; strengths, weaknesses, conflict management, interpersonal relationships etc. and personality profile relating to position/ job suitability. Recommendations based on these assessments will be provided in written report format.
- General counselling - employees will be supported and counselled in any life adjustment or situation which may affect an employee’s ability to maintain the required work standard.
- Life coaching - support and guidance will be given to employees whom wish to maximize their functionality in both professional and personal areas of their lives.
- Team building - workshops will focus on giving individuals within teams the necessary skills to improve the functionality and effectiveness of work production.
Occupational Therapy and Wellness
There has been an increasing connection between health and wellness and physical and mental health in the recent years. The topics listed below cover both the physical and mental health components and essentially help with the prevention of disease and injury, promotion of well-being and enhances quality of life.
- Goal setting - the process will be an important promotive measure, equipping employees with the necessary skills and awareness of the process required to set their own personal goals in order to obtain the goals of the team or company. This will thereby all prevent any undue stress or pressure on themselves as they would be aware of their limitations and would therefore be able to plan their time better.
- Time management - this process is important to prevent secondary conditions. Employees will be provided with skills required to optimize their time effectively, thereby achieving workplace demands within the allocated time.
- Health activities – this is an important promotive aspect where employees will undergo an assessment to establish the shortcomings related to activities promoting a healthy lifestyle i.e., which aspect of their lifestyle has been neglected and which area has received an increased focus, resulting in an imbalance.
- Achieving a balanced lifestyle – once the assessment has been done a professional Occupational Therapist will assist employees in understanding and achieving a more balanced and manageable lifestyle, therefore preventing absenteeism at a later stage or illness due to the inability to cope with workload and stress levels associated with the job.
- Stress management - employees will be provided with skills on how to reduce and manage stress in and around the workplace, within various situations they have been confronted with. This will be important to enhance quality of life and promote effective social participation.
- Communication skills within the work environment - employees will be provided with skills aiming at improving and maximizing communication amongst team members. This would vary from basic interactions to complex interactions and conflict management.
- Workstation Ergonomics- the occupational therapist is specifically equipped with analysing the job design and workstation design, together with the work environment. A poor fit between any of the above-mentioned factors could result in the individual in the company not fulfilling their occupations effectively and therefore decreasing productivity in the company. Should this have already happened and the individual need their workstation to be changed to accommodate for this, an OT would be able to assist in this process.
- Disabled access and Infrastructure amenities- Occupational therapists would work within the infrastructure of the company to help in initially determining and then to assist in developing disabled access within companies where needed. This would involve analysis of access points, as well as all amenities, therefore ensuring equal access for all into and out of these companies.
- Basic occupational assessments-Occupational therapy assessments would focus on individuals’ psychosocial and physical abilities to complete the allocated aspect of their occupation. Work ability and motivation, rate of performance and emotional components are some of the basic key factors taken into consideration and how they impact on a person’s level of functioning.
Ergonomic assessments (physical) Based on the individuals work demands and physical working environment an assessment is conducted to identify actual and potential risk factors that negatively influence the employee’s health. Thus directly influencing work performance, sick leave and job satisfaction.
- Risk Identification – discussion of symptoms, tasks & identification of risk factors
- Assessment - of work posture & equipment
- Adjustment - of current equipment such as chair, keyboard, mouse & footrest
- Action Plan - recommendations & equipment prescription
- Resources – information sheets & stretch hand outs
- Equipment Recommendations – source & supply quality equipment customized to your problems
- Follow Up – reassessment is optional but important for individuals with equipment prescription especially Back care groups; Conduct talks with employees to improve the health of their spines. Teach employees techniques and exercises that can be done during the day at work to reduce the strain on their spines.
- Promote correct postures and healthy physical habits in the work place.
- Screening: To identify employees at high risk of injury. To allow employees time to have their questions related to their physical health answered.
Why is this beneficial to you as the employer?
- Practical solutions to resolve problems and reduce risk.
- Professional help to source cost effective equipment and solutions.
- Maximise your employee’s health and wellbeing.
- Reduced risk of injury.
- Timely, relevant physiotherapy when needed.
- Occupational focus for the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of workplace injuries.
- Reduced travel times for treatment if physiotherapy is provided onsite.
- Increased morale among staff when injuries are dealt with promptly and efficiently.
- Staff retention.
- Reduced absenteeism associated with workplace injuries.
- Reduced costs associated with absenteeism.