Communication is key to any successful company. By learning to communicate effectively, we can collaborate together, improve productivity and create a welcoming work environment. To achieve this, we’ve gathered a handful of tips that can help repair common communication problems.
Use Active Listening
Keep an open mind when listening to others. Even if you don’t agree with them, hear what they have to say. If you have questions about their ideas, ask them to explain further. By understanding different viewpoints, you can gain a better understanding of your co-workers.
Share Good and Bad News
Honesty really is the best policy when it comes to communication. Share both the good and bad news. Consider creating a “Good News” dry-erase board in a central location. This will motivate employees and keep morale up.
Learn From Failures
It is okay to talk about our failures in the workplace. We all aim for success, but without failure there would be no opportunity to learn. Failure teaches us what does and doesn’t work, and serves as a stepping stone to improve our own work.
If you make a promise to your colleagues, make sure to follow through. Failing to live up to your promises will be noticed by others. Prove that you’re committed to your team and communicate when you complete your tasks.
Always be direct when giving feedback. If criticizing, express concern rather than anger. If you have positive feedback, express your appreciation and congratulate them for doing an excellent job.
We all need to work together to improve communication in the workplace. Small improvements in communication can make a big difference in productivity and success. Be sure to keep these tips in mind when communicating with colleagues, clients, and other business associates in the future.
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