Over the last couple of weeks we have been getting many questions from our clients about the scientific proof of the effectiveness of coaching.

Our clients could not easily find one answer to this question. The reason for that is that while many research studies have been conducted, each examining different elements of coaching effectiveness, there was no one place summarizing them all.

Some studies look into increase in subjective feelings of wellbeing, while others look at more objective measures, such as effectiveness at work, or return on investment for money spent on coaching. Some look at the effect coaching has on a business’ bottom line, while others look at lowering employee churn and increasing long term satisfaction at work.

There have also been several meta analyses conducted, examining many studies in aggregate.

So we decided to spend some time and read through the most recent rigorous research, published in leading scientific journals. If we had to sum it up in one sentence, we would say the following:

Science shows that coaching is a great investment. It’s proven to help you be more satisfied with life, have better relationships and be more successful professionally.

More specifically, scientific studies show that working with a coach:

  • Improves your work performance and productivity
  • Increases your well-being and life satisfaction by 53%
  • Helps you cope with difficult situations, and grow from the experience
  • Boosts your productivity by 90%
  • Spending money on coaching has an average return on investment of 500%
  • 96% of people who use coaching would repeat the experience
  • 92% of organizations report that coaching has a positive impact on their bottom line
  • Researchers from The Miriam Hospital’s Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center in Providence, R.I found that participants working with a health coach lost more than 9 percent of their body weight during a 24-week period
  • Researchers from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, have completed a research project showing that coaching reduces stress an average of 18% after a short three-month period. Some of the participants experienced a reduction as high as 47%


If you would like to read the research yourself, here are our sources:

  1. Journal of positive psychology – http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17439760.2013.837499
  2. (Public personnel management journal, 1997)
  3. (http://researchportal.coachfederation.org/MediaStream/PartialView?documentId=681)
  4. (https://www.coachfederation.org/need/landing.cfm?ItemNumber=747)
  5. http://literacy.kent.edu/coaching/information/Research/NHS_CDWPCoachingEffectiveness.pdf)
  6. https://www.acefitness.org/certifiednewsarticle/2892/study-shows-health-coaches-effective-in-helping/
  7. http://researchportal.coachfederation.org/Document/Pdf/658.pdf


Wishing you all the best,
The LiveCoach team