Successful executives, managers and supervisors know that the importance of effective communication in the workplace cannot be underestimated. Poor communication is responsible for mistakes, conflict, and negativity in the workplace. Have you ever thought the following?
“Oops, I know I said that, but what I meant to say was…”
” Why can't I get buy in from the team?”
“That mistake could have been avoided if I had only said….”
Two common communication barriers are:
- Not being aware of effective communication skills
- Being in a hurry.
Since effective communication in business is essential to success at your company or organization, it makes sense to improve your communication skills. The good news is that you can learn some basic communication skills and use them today to improve the quality of your workplace relationships with both employees and customers.
Seven Communication Skills for the Workplace
1. Personal Contact
Did you ever wonder why companies spend thousands of dollars sending sales people across the country when they could do a phone call for much less? The reason is that people relate to one another better when they can meet in person and read each other's body language. What's more, people can feel the energy the connection creates. You can also smile and shake someone's hand when you greet them, which creates a powerful connection.
2. Develop a network.
No one achieves success alone. Success in any company requires a team effort.
- Make an effort to get to know managers and employees in different departments within your company,
- Meet new people in professional organizations.
- Become active in your community.
3. Always be courteous.
Courtesy lets people know that you care.
The words “Thank You” show that you appreciate your employees' efforts, and this is important because appreciation is the number one thing that employees want from management.
A little change like saying, “Would you please…” instead of just, “Please…” will make you sound less dogmatic and will improve your relationships with your employees.
4. Be clear
Since people often hear things differently, and they may be hesitant to ask you to explain what you said, you should ask, “Did I explain this clearly?” This will confirm that people understood you.
You can decrease the tension associated with conflict if you always ask, “What is best for the company?” This gives people a different perspective on your requests, and they will be less likely to take any conflict personally.
6. Be interesting and interested
Even though most of your workplace communications will be about business topics, it is also important to share your personal side. Let your staff know about your interests and your family, and ask them about theirs. Telling a few short personal stories about your interesting experiences will make your employees feel more connected to you as a person. Read your hometown paper daily so you know what is going on in your community and what personal concerns your staff may have about them.
Listening attentively to your employees demonstrates respect. Listening isn't easy because everyone's mind tends to wander. So to help you concentrate on what the other person is saying, keep a good eye contact –without staring, and then make a comment about it or ask a question.
Improving your communication skills is a process that happens gradually over a period of time. The good news is that you have opportunities to practice your communication skills every day at work. Here's a tip to help you improve faster. At the end of each day, take a moment to review your communications during the day. What was effective? What wasn't effective? That way you will continue to learn and improve your communication skills.
Communication is the key to success in business
That is why you should be aware of how you are communicating at all times. As a result… you will become a role model for effective workplace communication skills to your employees. This is important because the ultimate goal of any supervisor, manager or executive is to turn ordinary workers into extraordinary employees. You can take a huge step toward doing this by honing your own communication skills.
Successful Workplace Communication is one of the 13 essential skills that employees use at work. The Employee Success Toolkit is a professional development course for employees that teaches these essential skills in 13 easy-to-follow lessons. See what these 13 skills are at: http://www.EmployeeSuccessToolkit.com
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