Mental Well Being Measurement and Coaching offers benefits to both the individual and the organisation. It focuses on identifying those employees at risk and supporting them to achieve improved mental well being, significantly reducing the risk to employers of staff turnover and low engagement, while increasing organisational connectedness.
A study* into the return on investment in employee mental health and well being was overwhelmingly positive. Findings suggest that the earlier programmes are introduced the higher the ROI. Research found that the ROI for proactive programmes, such as ours, which involve targeted screening, increase the ROI range up to 6:1.
* “Mental Health and Employers: The case for investment” (Deloitte October 2017)
Mental Well Being (MWB) coaching directly addresses the issues associated with low engagement and connectedness and in doing so, delivers significant and substantial benefits to your business.
Findings below from UK MWB surveys of more than 10,000 employees, highlight the extent of the mental well being challenges that exist within organisations.
Only 2 in 5 employees are working at peak performance*
77% of employees have experienced poor mental health*
Whilst 60% of board members and senior managers believe their organisation supports people with MWB issues, only 11% discussed a mental health problem with their line manager*
1 in 6 employees suffer from a mental health condition, in any one year**
* UK Mental Health at Work Report 2016, Business in the Community
** UK Labour market, 2016, Office for National Statistics
Mental Well Being Measurement and Coaching involves the assessment of the current state of well being of an organisation (or sections of an organisation), by assessing each individual employee’s mental well being. The assessment identifies three separate risk categories:
- Employees with high or average mental well being, offering them a one-hour, one-to-one affirmation session.
- Employees with below average mental well being, offering them on average, three one-to-one coaching sessions, and
- Employees struggling with low mental well being, offering them a one-on-one, short-term, coaching intervention. Refined over five years, this innovative intervention model involves eight one-hour, one-on-one meetings and has been proven to deliver long-term results. The intervention is a unique and impactful process. Nothing similar exists in the market-place.
Four Key Elements
There are four key elements to our one-on-one coaching service:
Coaching is about moving forward in life: getting clarity on the present and the desired future; setting goals and focus areas and identifying obstacles to moving forward. Readiness to move forward is assessed, giving consideration to timing and pace.
Psychological Frameworks help us understand the obstacles or blocks to moving forward. Using our unique frameworks and tools, we identify ingrained patterns of behaviour and/or past traumas and unlock their hold bringing awareness, clarity and ‘freeing up’ … making way for the forward moving process.
Connecting inward, raising awareness to what’s going on: we teach clients how to cultivate practices of listening, of bodily awareness and of self-compassion, providing tools and strategies to notice, connect with and manage ‘how they are’
Connecting outward, creating clarity around supports needed, at this time, in our lives: people, organisations and other services.
- Pro-active: Targeting early identification of at-risk employees, minimising risk to low engagement for the employee and mental illness for the employer.
- Measurable results: Our highly validated method of measuring employee mental well being, forms the basis for providing cumulative benchmark and comparative data to the organisation and before and after MWB movement for the employee.
- Research based: The service has been researched over five years and tested on over 100 people experiencing low mental well being. The Inner Compass project delivered significant improvements in the mental well being on both, an individual and collective level, from the start to the end of the intervention. These improvements were maintained six months and two years after the end of the intervention.
- Short-term: The intervention takes place in seven hours, over three months, comprising an initial orientation meeting, followed by coaching.
- Follow up: A closing check-in, six month after the last session, verifies mental well being levels, focusing on further embedding tools and techniques.
- Coaching and Change Model Approach: In using a coaching approach, we work in the present and future rather than in the past, focusing on understanding what’s present today and resourcing the employee to understand and manage that.
- Tailor-made: The one-on-one nature of the service facilitates it being tailor-made to the needs and the pace of the individual.
- Resourcing: Our service focuses on giving people tools and strategies, teaching them skills, which help them cultivate practices of self-awareness, to resolve and manage their own issues.
Báirbre Meehan is a qualified and accredited coach and has coached extensively for over ten years. Báirbre worked for 25 years in business and has adapted the skills she uses in Business and Executive Coaching, to develop a highly impactful and unique coaching process. This process, called ‘Inner Compass’, supports people struggling with low mental well-being; be that toxic stress, anxiety or low mood.
Báirbre loves to connect with people. Her fundamental belief is that change occurs naturally when we are heard and can hear ourselves clearly. She senses and awakens the potential that people often cannot see in themselves.
Báirbre coaches individuals and teams and also runs leadership development and executive coaching programmes for organisations, both in Ireland and the US. Her previous roles include CEO of a Medical Device company for 11 years, head of organisational and leadership development in a US Corporation and various finance positions in Ireland and Internationally.
She holds a Masters in Coaching from Smurfit Business School, a Masters in Management Practice from Trinity College, is a Certified Focusing Professional and Trainer, with the International Focusing Institute and is a Chartered Accountant
Dr Geoff Pelham is a coach, psychotherapist and educator. He has worked in psychiatric settings, including managing and supervising therapeutic communities. He is also a lecturer at universities in the UK and Ireland. He combines coaching with coach education, delivering accredited graduate programmes in coaching and working with organisations seeking to develop a coaching style of management and leadership.
He was a psychotherapist in private practice for fifteen years and brings his interest and expertise in the ‘psychological dimension’ to his coaching practice. At the heart of his work is raising awareness of what gives meaning and purpose to peoples’ lives, inviting consideration of whether they are living ‘the right life’.
His Doctorate researched behavioural science and for over twenty years he was a Registered Senior Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. He has an MA Business and Executive Coaching and Post Graduate Diploma in Supervision. This background has been the basis for supervising Báirbre in her research into the Inner Compass process.
Therese Ryan works as a coach, facilitator, and trainer.
Therese is a qualified and certified coach. She is also a Focusing Professional and Trainer with the International Focusing Institute, an Enneagram Trainer in the Narrative Tradition, and an Iyengar Yoga teacher.
In her coaching work she integrates her different pathways to help people move forward in their lives. Her belief is that when we connect deeply with ourselves, we discover our true potential. Her work helps people to recognise and begin to release unconscious limiting patterns and embark on positive, sustainable changes.
Therese develops and facilitates training and workshops in the areas of wellbeing, particularly enneagram, focusing and yoga. With her extensive experience as both a teacher and trainer in the education sector, Therese is passionate about learning and sharing ideas and practices with others. She has a degree in education, a master’s in literature and a post graduate diploma in special educational needs.