The Reported Benefits of The 10 Steps Programme

Increased self awareness leading to skills improvement associated with communication, handling feedback, dealing with difficult situations, managing emotions to improve relationships, adapting to change, influencing others using negotiation.

The use of goal-setting techniques to achieve focus and sustainable changes, for example improved management of time resulting in an improved life/work balance.

Self-confidence resulting in many participants taking risks with for example speaking out at meetings, taking on new roles and responsibilities, being more assertive about life/work balance issues, pursuing career-related initiatives, developing hobbies/interests.

Improving self-confidence is high on the agenda of a significant proportion of participants. The group learning environment supported by “building on your strengths” enables many participants to become motivated and engaged with their personal development needs. This re-energising approach to learning nudges many participants into actions to improve their skills techniques in aspects of attitudes, behaviours in their relationship with others.

Improved Life/Work Balance featured as one of the key benefits experienced by the majority of participants and resulted from their increased commitment to make changes around Health, Well-being and Managing stress.

Initiatives include:

  • Using relaxation techniques and yoga

  • Joining a gym; sponsored walks

  • Improving diet through learning to cook

  • Cutting down on alcohol

  • Giving up smoking and saving for a holiday

  • Joining a weight loss programme

  • Building in time for “self” by saying “no”

The Steps programme puts participants in touch with community-based organisations geared towards helping people address well being concerns and make improvements to lifestyle. It is part of our philosophy to work collaboratively and enable sustainable connections.

Some participants choose fundraising for charities of their choice and picked very challenging events as goals including trekking to the Everest Base Camp, Cycling and Hillwalking events, the Race for Life and walking in groups, the Tough Mudder Challenge.

Small group debates to arrive at a consensus on three techniques to improve time Management

  • Avoid procrastination
  • Create habits; a daily structure; ‘to do’ tasks
  • Say “No’ when time is short

This exercise motivated participants to set goals and share experiences

Reported Work Benefits include:

An increased flexibility & adaptability to cope with cultural/organisational change. Learning to accept change more positively and become proactive about actions.

Engagement with developing new skills in both work-related and non-work related fields; e.g. volunteering; taking up new hobbies; taking advantage of online learning opportunities. Enjoying learning and the opportunities/resources available.

Greater use of communication & negotiation skills to progress career related opportunities. Using Steps as a platform for leadership development into team leader and specialist roles.

Application of goal setting techniques to progress learning and development and career related opportunities at work.

Improved communication skills and techniques to manage relationships at work and to give and receive feedback; having a knock on effect on motivation and self-confidence.

Increased knowledge about the value of transferrable personal development skills and their effectiveness at work, personally, socially and in the community. For example in pursuing coaching and mentoring capabilities, team facilitator roles and specialism in mediation type role to diffuse conflict and find solutions.

Greater use of networking sources, coaching and mentoring.