Ute is a research student aiming for a Professional Doctorate in
“Coaching for Well-Being and Engagement”
with the University of Chester, UK.
Since the pandemic hit the world in 2020, organizations, leaders and employees have gone through immense change in a very short amount of time. Working from home, which had before the pandemic been a privilege for the selected few, has since 2020 become a ‘new normal’ for many office workers. Most of us have been on a steep learning curve, be it about technology, about how to separate or integrate working life and private life when both take place in the same physical location, how to onboard and offboard staff in a remote or hybrid workplace setting, just to name a few.
The working world is trying to reorganize and restructure, hoping to find their best way to segue into a post-Covid-19 era. Yet research has already demonstrated that - despite the steep learning curves of so many of us, and the comparatively smooth transition from working in the office to working from home - there remain areas in which more learning needs to happen to make these new remote and hybrid workplace settings attractive in a sustainable manner, allowing both leaders, employees, and organizations to continue to grow and thrive personally as well as economically.
The purpose of Ute’s study is to learn more about the gaps in skills and behaviors that were identified in a very broad and general manner among leaders in remote and hybrid work environments and which are attributed to a decline in workplace well-being and engagement among workforces; and how group coaching could help to close these gaps.
The aim of the study will be to enhance leaders’ ability to develop behaviors that increase well-being and engagement for themselves as well as their staff in remote or hybrid work settings.
A written report will be produced at the end of the project. The findings from the study will be used to derive recommendations to organizations on how coaching leaders could positively impact well-being and engagement as well as to hone and develop behaviors and skills in leaders which equip them to enhance well-being and engagement in remote and hybrid work settings.
If you are a leader in an organization, who leads in a remote or hybrid work environment, and would like to participate in Ute’s research, this is what it would involve:
- Participation in an online survey (September 2022)
- Should you be open and be selected to become a member of one of the two focus groups that will be run over a period of three months (e.g. November, December 2022, January 2023 and December 2022, January & February 2023), you would get access to three 90-minute group coaching sessions with Ute - a fully trained, independent, executive coach and team coach - and up to 11 other leaders, who were selected as well. The meetings would take place via Zoom and no charges would occur for you other than the personal time you invest and the use of internet and the costs you may have because of that.
- During the three-month period you are expected to document your learnings and challenges, and how the group coaching sessions impact well-being and engagement levels for yourself and those around you. You will have different options on how you can document the above (e.g. 5-minute video or audio clip once a week, a written piece, etc.). More details will be shared closer to the time.
- An independent coach, who is not involved in this research project, will also meet with each Focus Group to review their experience using a guide with questions. This meeting will take approx. 60 minutes.
- Should the data gathered from the focus groups and your personal records require follow-up by the researcher to gain more clarity, you might be invited to a 45-minute semi-structured interview (one-to-one), which will again take place via Zoom.
- Participants in the research will not receive any compensation for their involvement.
Your time investment broken down and as an approximate total:
- Online Survey (September 2022)
- approx. 10-15 minutes
- Focus Group (end of 2022/beginning of 2023)
- 90-minute group coaching session per month over three months (= 4.5 hours in total)
- 5 min/week audio/video recording (= 20 min. per month = 60 min. over the 3-month period)
- 60-minute meeting with an independent coach who will reflect on the experience with the group
- Optional (Dec 2022/Jan 2023)
- Semi-structured interview (= 45 min. as a one off and only when there are questions about the weekly submissions)
= approx.7.5 hours.
All of the above is currently still subject to approval by the University of Chester.
Therefore, adjustments and changes to the plan might still occur.
This website will be updated in a timely manner to reflect the most current state of my research and the accuracy of the information provided above.
Contact Ute at her University of Chester email address to find out more about the next steps and the