The Importance of Coaching Employees in Communication – Weekly Update

The Importance of Coaching Employees in Communication – Weekly Update

Ken Meyer, SHRM-SCP, SPHR | Principal, KWM HR Consulting LLC

In the dynamic landscape of contemporary workplaces, fostering open communication channels between employees and managers is paramount. As President of New York City SHRM, I am acutely aware of the transformative power that effective coaching can have on facilitating critical conversations within organizations.


Coaching employees on how to navigate crucial discussions with their managers is a strategic imperative. It’s not merely a soft skill but a cornerstone for building robust, professional relationships that propel both personal and organizational growth. The essence lies in empowering employees to express their ideas, concerns, and aspirations coherently, fostering a culture of transparency and trust.

In the spirit of NYC SHRM’s commitment to excellence, coaching sessions should focus on equipping employees with the language and confidence needed to articulate their thoughts. This involves honing interpersonal skills, active listening, and understanding non-verbal cues – all essential facets of effective communication.

Moreover, cultivating a culture that values critical conversations transforms workplaces into incubators for innovation and collaboration. Employees armed with the ability to engage in constructive dialogue are better positioned to contribute ideas, resolve conflicts and drive positive change. As we champion the importance of coaching in the NYC SHRM community, we recognize that the ripple effect extends far beyond individual growth – it shapes the very fabric of organizational success.

In conclusion, coaching employees on how to have critical conversations with their managers is not just a professional development initiative; it’s a strategic investment in the vitality and resilience of an organization. In the vibrant tapestry of New York City’s professional landscape, effective communication skills are the threads that bind success.

Be well.

Ken Meyer, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

President, New York City SHRM

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