The three factors which determine negative side effects of coaching

Research Briefing

Unless you’re infatuated with someone you will hardly ever have a relationship of any kind without some negative effects. This also applies to coach and coachee relationships, according to new research published in the Journal of Personnel Psychology.

Negative side effects

One hundred and eleven coachees who were either executives or employees at a number of businesses were questioned about their relationships with their coaches. The questions covered 30 scenarios ranging from reduced job satisfaction (31%) to having a sexual relationship with the coach (0.9%).

The 3 most common side effects

    1. Scopeshift – Triggering of in-depth (often psychological) problems that could not be dealt with by the coach (26% of respondants),
    2. Mission shift – The unwanted modification of coaching goals without coachees’ explicit approval (17%), and
    3. Values shift – The experience of a decreased sense of meaning towards work (17%).

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