Many office workers are not getting the proper coaching to help them in their careers because their bosses are tied up with the day-to-day running of the business.
A survey of 501 office professionals by specialist recruitment firm Robert Half has found 93 per cent believe a good career coach is crucial to job satisfaction.
However, one in four say they have never received career coaching from their direct manager, while 16 per cent say they receive coaching just once a year.
Robert Half director Andrew Morris says career coaching requires specific skills that go beyond purely operational management tasks.
"In many Australian workplaces, those with responsibility for a team are often so focused on delegating and managing workloads, that proper mentoring and coaching is an afterthought," he said.
"Leaders who share knowledge in a mentoring environment and view staff coaching as a crucial part of their job description will be more productive and get significantly more from their teams."
The survey found 85 per cent of respondents believe career coaching improves job performance and 75 per cent think it improves motivation at work.
"Having strong career coaches also helps an organisation to build their reputation as an employer of choice, making attraction and retention strategies far more successful," Mr Morris said.