Clarity Coach Chelsea Montgomery Shares Helpful Tips Returning to Work
Clarity Coach Tips
Meet Chelsea Montgomery, a successful Clarity Coach who helps clients achieve where they want to be in life. Chelsea explains in a Q&A interview her role as a Clarity Coach, tips in how to cope with anxiety going back to the office, along with some self-care tips.
Tell us your role as a Clarity Coach?
As a Clarity Coach I help my clients go from where they are to where they want to be. Through my Clarity Method I gently and effectively coax out the best from the individual. This involves active listening and a non-judgmental stance. We get clear on where they are, who they are and where they want to go. Most of us do not take the time to stop and evaluate these things, we are in a constant state of motion without direction, the feeling of busy-ness without actually getting things done. As a Clarity Coach I hold space that allows for my individual clients to get to explore these facets of their lives, develop a plan and implement the change that they have hoped for in the past but never really experienced. When working with my corporate clients the methods of Clarity Coaching can be applied to a specific project or to improve employees wellbeing and in turn, their productivity. With the impending “return to normal” in the workplace, many businesses are asking for guidance and collaboration to create a new way forward that best benefits their employees and in turn their business as a whole.
How can a Clarity Coach help?
A Clarity Coach can help you step back, see the big picture, grow and develop your own skills and implement effective habits that enhance your abilities to achieve your goals. It can help you better understand your issues, become more aware of your perceptions, beliefs, habits, attitudes, behaviors, competencies, values and your identity. I often say that we all know what we really want to be and how we want to show up in our life; a coach helps make that “knowing” a reality. If it was just enough to know what we would have to do to achieve something we would all live different lives, coaching is what bridges the gap between where you are and what you want to be. It takes you from knowing what to do, to doing it.
What is the biggest concern for those returning to the office?
I think it’s important that we acknowledge how there is a mix of excitement and anxiety about the impending “return” amongst many of us. We are excited about some elements of the return like social interaction and getting out of our home but as with anything acknowledging the stress is important, because you can’t change or address what you’re not clear on. I suggest a good ole’ pen to paper braindump to get this process started. Set a timer for twenty minutes and be it through note taking or free flow writing get all of the things you are stressed or concerned about in regards to heading back to the office out of your head and onto the page. This may feel awkward or challenging at the beginning but the key is to keep going, don’t self censor and don’t judge what comes out, just get it out. After the timer goes off, look at what comes out and organize (there may be some repeats or things that are connected) put the things you are concerned about into two lists: “What is Within your Control” and “What is in the Control of Others”.
For example: “Within Your Control” may have the worry about time. You will now have to factor in time for your commute to the office which may cut out the time you were working out or getting a few extra ZZZs. Things within your control you can prepare for, so this would look like evaluating your schedule to fit in the workout or adjusting your bedtime to get sleep and still wake up on time. “Things out of your Control” would look like: What if it’s unsafe? This is something you can learn about, check with your employer to see what rules they are bringing in to address health and safety for employees. Go through each concern you have in both lists and write down beside each how you can either “Prepare” or “Learn”, re-evaluate and play with these answers and keep addressing them in order to get more comfortable with the idea of going back. The more we look at things, the more we familiarize ourselves with ideas and realities the more we are able to adapt and act in a way we would like to. If you are in a position of leadership at your company I would highly recommend you bring in a corporate wellness professional to run a workshop or just to support your employees to adjust in the transition of returning to work. My team and I do this often, even before the pandemic, helping teams and businesses move through transitions and set themselves up for success.
Anything else you can add?
I think that this “return” is an exciting opportunity for employers and businesses to implement effective change in the workplace. It’s a new beginning after 16 months of reactionary and adaptive work that saw many employees experiencing burnout but also gave space for many individuals to evaluate their life and get clear on what really matters to them. People are clear that they don’t want things to continue with how they are but they also don’t want to go back to what they were before the pandemic. This is the time to implement new policies because everyone knows that they will have to make changes in their day to day, i.e. go into the office, but the successful businesses will use this as an opportunity to make things better for their employees and in turn better for their bottom line. Innovate, operationalize your values and set individuals up for success. In the rush to return, it’s important that leaders stop and ask what is actually best for their employees – even if it doesn’t look like it once did.
To learn more information about Chelsea Montgomery and her coaching please visit her website here.