No matter where you work or what job you have, communication matters. Bosses, employees, co-workers, customers, or partners—we are in constant communication with others. Therefore, it’s a great idea for everyone to build their personal communication skills. When we take the time to strengthen these, we become more productive at work and people enjoy working with us. This makes for a beneficial and rewarding work situation. Now, more than ever, communication in the workplace is imperative.
There are many benefits to effective communication.
A few of these include:
- Stronger relationships with coworkers
- Less stress and better mental health
- The ability to voice your concerns in a healthy manner
- An increase to productivity
- Establishing a healthy work environment
- Builds loyalty and longevity in employees
To communicate in a healthy way, there are a few things to consider:
Promote healthy communication
As a leader in an organization, it is important to set the tone for others. Regularly encourage your staff to communicate with you, and with others. As an employee, engage in communicating effectively with your coworkers. Address issues with the right person, and collaborate with others.
It is important for staff to understand that their input is valued and encouraged. Maintain an open-door policy, where they understand that the workplace is a safe place to voice their thoughts and opinions. In doing so, you will have much happier, and satisfied members on your team who want to go above and beyond because they feel respected and valued.
Be clear and concise
When leading, it is vital to ensure the members of your team understand what is expected of them. Good communication in the workplace means giving clear and concise directions, specific deadlines, and offer support as needed. As an employee, be sure to ask questions, or request clarification if needed.
When communication in your workplace is positive, you are more likely to have a better working relationship where everyone will benefit.
Keep an open mind
When working with a variety of people, you are likely to disagree at times. But, it is important to keep an open mind to others’ opinions, even if you disagree. If you keep a closed mind, you are shutting yourself off to learning new things, sharing different perspectives, and growing both personally and professionally. One of the many benefits of having a diverse workplace is the opportunity to learn from one another.
When disagreements arise, always be respectful, kind, and open in your communication. We are certain you have worked with, or for, people who aren’t effective communicators, and we are certain it wasn’t an enjoyable experience. Communication skills are an asset, and shouldn’t be dismissed!