How Communication Can Make or Break a Workplace

Ken sevick

Too often, there is a disconnect between employers and employees. While employers expect the job to be done, employees are struggling to finish tasks, leaving both parties feeling frustrated and stressed out. 

How can this be resolved? Communication. 

As a business owner, you have a lot on your plate. Your work and life balance probably varies by day and you often get into the office with one task at the top of your to-do list, only for it to be pushed down as more important things come up. You try to delegate tasks, but notice they aren’t getting done efficiently, leaving you wondering what is going on. The best thing you can do is learn to communicate with your employees – and teach them how to communicate with you, as well.

Knowing how to communicate in the workplace is the key to success. This way, you’ll eliminate any room for mishaps, unclear directions, and missed deadlines. Here are some tips for implementing effective communication into your workplace.

Team meetings

Whether your business consists of a set of small departments or just one group dabbling in a few different skills, team meetings are essential. When you make time for all organization members to gather and discuss, you open the floor for collaboration of ideas and openness of opinions. 

Opening the floor to discuss different aspects of the business shows your employees that their opinion is valued and they are encouraged to communicate their thoughts, insights, and any aspects they may be struggling with.

Directly laying out your goals

Many times businesses fail because they are not all on the same page. After all, expecting someone to read your mind usually doesn’t work out well! If you have a goal, be sure to get your team involved.

This way, you will have a group effort toward the goal, and employees can be cognizant of why things are being done, as well as the importance of them. Don’t assume everyone is on the same page – without communication, they aren’t!

Talk face-to-face when possible

In this digital age, it’s easy to misunderstand each other – especially when communicating via email or text (and even on the phone, sometimes!) When possible, take the time to explain things face-to-face and leave room for questions at the end.

At the end of the day, it’s always better to take the time to explain a task than to have to go back through and redo it. Avoid mistakes by trying to implement face-to-face communication more!

Need assistance with promoting better communication in your workplace? I can help. Contact me to discuss the ways you can implement better communication in your organization, and check out our blog for more business-related insights!

 

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