Effective Communication in the Workplace
Communication is important in the workplace
Communication is the key to happy or healthy work and personal relations and success in leadership requires strong communication and interpersonal skills. That is how the dynamic leader gets the most out of relationships, improves relationships, or saves relationships depending on how well he/she communicates with the parties involved.
It is impossible to get everyone to work together and continue delivering exceptional results at work if effective communication is lacking.
Begin By Working On Your Communication Skills As A Leader To Get The Results You Want From Your Team.
Are you worried that your team is underachieving? If you said yes, then know that a lack of communication is the number one reason why your team is failing to carry out the work delegated to them despite showing promising signs that they can do so.
So, how can you know that your communication skills are polished? How can you get everyone to improve their communication skills so that you can begin seeing desirable results?
You can achieve this by observing how well you communicate with everyone in the office as well as noticing how team members communicate with each other.
Bad Communication Habits
There Are Bad Habits You Should Change To Begin Seeing The Results You Desire
Effective communication begins with getting rid of some of the bad habits that you may have cultivated as a leader without paying too much attention to it. Because believe it or not, producing quality work demands that both your team and you play a certain role in getting work done by communicating efficiently.
Your employees may be failing to live up to their potential because you have created an environment that makes interactive collaboration uncomfortable or uneasy. You may have cultivated a habit of despising or overlooking every idea they come up with.
They may have gotten used to having you dictate how individual tasks should be done, etc. and have become submissive. Remember that going far in your business is not an option if you have a team of overly submissive individuals.
Refusing to listen to different views and creating an environment that makes sharing ideas or opinions impossible are examples of bad habits you need to get rid of if you are to achieve what you want.
If your workers or team members are not comfortable to share their ideas or thoughts with you or with each other on different issues at your workplace, advancing will be a challenge.
Therefore, learn to create an environment that encourages people to share their thoughts with you and come up with new ways of carrying out tasks. Encourage contributions from your team as a way of giving them the assurance that you value their presence as well as insights. You may also want to look into ideas for employee appreciation. Who doesn’t want to be part of a team that values his or her views right?
Tips To communicate Effectively In The Workplace
Emphasize Key Points
Remember to write down key points when drafting notes for every meeting that you are going to hold and put emphasis on main points at the beginning of the meeting as well as the end. That is how you ensure everyone present retains the important information you want them to leave with.
Manage Your Time Wisely During Briefings
Do time management apps help your productivity? Perhaps it's a good idea to consider them. There is a plethora of time management apps available. For example, individual time management is as important as project time management.
Time management is crucial during meetings or briefings hence if your Monday morning meeting is supposed to last for an hour make sure you do not add 15 or more minutes. Keeping your meetings short is an excellent way of making sure everyone remains engaged.
Use Emails And Visuals
Send formal emails outlining your goals when working on a big project to keep everyone involved up to speed. Keep your emails short and include important information only such as how far you have gone, changes that may have arisen, and upcoming meetings.
Don’t forget to use illustrations, charts, or visuals when communicating your vision, or when embarking on a new project that requires high levels of concentration and retaining knowledge.
Communicating efficiently involves avoiding repeating words or instructions when talking to other people. So, make sure you speak clearly. Ask for feedback and address concerns or questions that your team members may have before closing the assembly.
Mandy Fard is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW, CMRW) and Recruiter with decades of experience in assisting job seekers, working directly with employers in multiple industries, and writing proven-effective resumes.