The Coaching and Training of Corporate Chaplains


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The Coaching and Training of Corporate Chaplains

  1. 1. The Coaching and Training of Corporate Chaplains<br />The Coaching and Training of Corporate Chaplains<br />Laura O’Connell<br />HRD 830<br />
  2. 2. What is Corporate Chaplaincy?<br />A Chaplain Assistance Program (CAP), includes the following elements:<br />Personal, voluntary participation by the employee<br />Benefit provided by the company at no cost to the employee<br />Chaplains who are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, three-hundred sixty-five days per year.<br />Chaplains who are neutral from company operations.<br />An assurance of confidentiality. Personal information will not be revealed to management or any other person, except where dictated by law or professional code of ethics <br />
  3. 3. Trending Now<br />There are 3,000-4,000 corporate chaplains working across the country.<br />Trend is growing due to business owners embracing a more open expression of faith.<br />Corporate Chaplains of America continued to add client companies during the economic downturn.<br />More companies are seeking to create environments where employees are comfortable bringing their whole selves to work. <br />
  4. 4. EAP and CAP Comparison<br />EAP<br />CAP<br />800 number, detached from work environment<br />Access to resources driven solely by employee<br />Cost is based on utilization. If 5% of the employee base used the program for an average duration of 7 visits at $120 each, the monthly cost would be $3.50 per employee<br />Confidentiality<br />Personal, hands on relationships built in cube worlds and on shop floors<br />Touch and transition a chaplain can offer is more personal (example: Chaplains driving employee to rehabilitation center)<br />Cost is a flat fee with an average of $10 per employee per month<br />Confidentiality<br />
  5. 5. Hiring of Chaplains<br />3-4 phone screen interviews<br />Face to face meeting with prospective chaplain and spouse<br />Taylor-Johnson Temperament Analysis<br />Spiritual Gifts Inventory<br />DMV, criminal, credit checks<br />Pre-mentoring or shadowing chaplain in a similar environment to where the candidate will be serving<br />Three day classroom/field training exercises<br />
  6. 6. Training Methods<br />Most frequent method is peer coaching<br />Case studies<br />Sims<br />Ongoing mentoring relationships<br />Conferences<br />Webinars<br />Regional training meetings<br />Online class delivery and Go To Meeting<br />
  7. 7. General Training Topics for Chaplains<br />How do you walk through an organization and engage employees?<br />How do you read body language?<br />How do you touch and go?<br />Chaplaincy is a time-driven, snippet ministry. Chaplains should remember the three-minute bell when engaging with employees.<br />Cultural language and organizational culture<br />Listening skills<br />Guidelines for serving extended family members<br />EAP programs of clients and client-sponsored training (Example: BET Biltmore Estate Training)<br />
  8. 8. Chaplains for the Chaplains<br />Continually make chaplains teachable and sharpen their skills. Take chaplains through ongoing process of coach and change.<br />Coach chaplains through the daily stressors they encounter in their work.<br />Assistance with helping chaplains manage the reactive role they are often placed in during a crisis point.<br />Plan all meetings, training content, and format delivery for the chaplain teams.<br />Assist in hiring process with case studies and Sims in evaluation of candidates<br />
  9. 9. Reporting for Evaluation<br />Chaplain to Client Monthly Reports detailing:<br />Number of site visits and contacts (no names included)<br />Pages<br />Support for court appearances<br />Hospital, jail, funeral home visits<br />Breakdown of issues addressed and caregiving provided (no names included)<br />Red flag: If there is little or no activity, the relationship is not being established between the chaplain and the employee base.<br />
  10. 10. Reporting Themes<br />Corporate Chaplains of America<br />30 and 90 day initial reviews with client and chaplains, also annually<br />Contracts are signed in 90 day increments to earn the trust and privilege of serving the client<br />Marketplace Chaplains<br />Bi-annual review with clients<br />Organization receives feedback yearly on chaplains<br />Chaplain self-assessment tool completed bi-annually<br />Yearly review of chaplain by area team leader<br />
  11. 11. Conclusion<br />Most clients utilizing CAP programs do not measure for financial impact. Soft benefits are difficult to pinpoint with an ROI tool.<br />If considering a CAP, ask open-ended questions defining requirements for success and how this will translate to being measured and sustained for the business leader.<br />